South Hebron Hills - expansion of settlements

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Observers: 
Muhammad, Samadar and Michal (reporting); Translator: Natanya
Oct-18-2022
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Afternoon
דרום הר חברון - שיירת קרוואנים בכיוון מצפה אשתמוע

Muhammad, Samadar and Michal (reporting); Translator: Natanya

Following various reports we received from acquaintances in the area, we went to see the convoy of caravans going towards Mitzpe Eshtamoa which is on route 60, in front of the old Shema settlement. 

We arrived by a side road from the Shwaka area, and saw from afar the cranes busy placing the caravans as an extension of Mitzpe Eshtamoa. It is an illegal outpost, with all the infrastructure and security. A bus stop has long been located on the road at its foot. A large number of caravans arrived, as can be seen in the photo which we received from somebody.

On the other side of the road there is a rock with a large yellow sign on it with the inscription: “You have arrived to the Avishay group”, and with an arrow marking the way we came from.

I wonder who these group members are, where they are exactly and what their purpose is in the area.

For several months now, the expansion of the settlements has been very evident throughout the area. This time we really saw all the development. 

We collected from the seamstress in this area our representative red scarves, which Raya requested, according to the secretariat’s decision.