111-13Local sources affirmed that the Israeli forces surrounded the village and started the demolition process early today.

Araqib is among some 51 Negev villages that Israeli authorities have deemed unrecognized, arguing that Palestinian Bedouins cannot prove land ownership.

Demolitions, in addition to denial of basic services and access to infrastructure, are part of an ongoing campaign by Israeli planning committees against Bedouin villages in the Negev desert, where roughly 250,000 Palestinians live.