World Bulletin/News Desk
A group of Palestinian activists have turned an old house in the West Bank city of Hebron into a children's nursery in hopes of saving it from extremist Jewish settlers who have threatened to seize the property.
The activists, who belong to Youth against Settlements, a Palestinian NGO, opened the nursery on Tuesday following two years of preparation, according to NGO spokesman Mohamed Zugheir.
"Nearly 500 volunteers worked on turning this house from a garbage dump into a nursery, which we have chosen to call 'Martyrs' Nursery'," Zugheir told Anadolu Agency.
He said volunteers often had to physically carry building materials to the house – for distances of up to 1,500 meters – since Israeli forces frequently blocked access to the area.
Zugheir said the new nursery would save the house from plans by Jewish settler groups to confiscate the 350-square-meter property.
"Israeli forces and settler groups attempted more than once to prevent us from renovating the house," he said.
The nursery will provide free daycare services for 54 Palestinian children and will be funded by a group of NGOs, he added.
Nearly 1,000 Palestinians were recently forced to abandon their homes in Hebron's Old City due to near-daily assaults by extremist Jewish settlers and Israeli security forces, according to Palestinian officials.Last Mod: 05 Kasım 2014, 11:14