Two Beduin youths were arrested following a scuffle with police officers who were distributing demolition orders in an unrecognized village in the south on Monday.

The incident occurred in the village of Sawa, an unrecognized township that lies just east of Hura in the northern Negev.

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Police arrived on the scene to hand out eviction notices to inhabitants of homes that were constructed illegally.
The village of Sawa is home to 1,500 residents. Sources in the village told The Jerusalem Post’s corporate sister publication Ma’ariv Hashavua that the youths took pictures of the policemen and inspectors. The villagers claimed that the authorities used violence and tear gas to subdue and arrest the two youths.

Residents said that five women were rushed to a medical clinic in Hura for treatment after inhaling tear gas.
The two Beduin taken under arrest have been identified as Obayda Hawatra and Uthman al-Qasasi.

A police spokesperson said that the two youths resisted arrest and tried to assault the officers on the scene. No other injuries were reported.

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