An Israeli court ordered the eviction of six Jewish families from a Palestinian-owned home in Hebron.
The Jerusalem District Court ordered the eviction of the home near an enclave of Jewish homes in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron. The six Jewish families must evacuate the property by May 15.
The families have lived there since 2005, and say that the property was purchased from its Palestinian owner by the Jewish-owned Tal Lebniya construction company.
The court found that the home is owned by Zachariah Bakri, who left the home deserted in 2001 after the Israeli military restricted the movement of Palestinians in the area, Haaretz reported.
Bakri has been fighting since 2009 to reassert his ownership rights. The court ruled that the sale documents presented to the court by the company, which are said to be signed by other Bakri family members and the mayor of Hebron, are forgeries.
The ruling comes less than a month after Jewish settlers were evicted from a home near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron that they said they purchased legally from its owner. The eviction order issued Israeli military's Civil Administration said the settlers' presence in the home violated public order. The residents of the home also did not request nor receive a required purchase permit from the Civil Administration.