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Jewish settlers lay claim to disputed house in Hebron

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Jewish settlers lay claim to disputed house in Hebron

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Three Jewish settler families have moved back into a contested house in the Palestinian city of Hebron.

After a long legal battle over ownership, during which the families had been ordered to leave,
Israel’s Supreme Court ruled the building belonged to the settlers.

The disputed house sits on the edge of Hebron next to the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba.

The families claimed to have bought it back in 2007. Its former Palestinian owner had denied selling it.

The house has become a flash point for tensions between the two communities. Palestinians accuse settlers of encroaching into the West Bank by either building new homes or stealing old ones.