Israeli settlers are using the long winter months to set up makeshift shelters to protect themselves from the elements in the occupied West Bank.
As winter sets in and temperatures begin to drop, Israeli authorities have begun to open more and more of the vast settlement blocs in the West Bank, which Israel has long occupied and which includes East Jerusalem.
The first settlement bloc opened in January, the first since October.
Over the past two weeks, settlers have been taking shelter in makeshift shelters in the most heavily populated areas, like the settlement of Migdal Shams, which has become an unofficial unofficial winter home for hundreds of thousands of settlers.
The makeshift shelters have been set up on roads and roadsides, with a sign reading “Winter home” and “Housing shelter.”
As winter approaches, many of the settlers are struggling to stay warm and keep their heads above water as temperatures continue to drop.
According to Maan News Agency, Israeli media, one settler, who asked not to be named, told Maan that he is struggling to keep warm as temperatures drop.
“We are trying to stay in tents and the temperatures are dropping,” he said.
“In a few weeks, I will be able to warm myself.
But in the meantime, I’m afraid.”
In the past week, dozens of Palestinian children have died of heatstroke while trying to make it across the Jordan River, from the Jordan Valley to the West Jerusalem settlements of Beit El and Ramat Gan.
Palestinian health officials said in a statement on Tuesday that the children were in a hot and humid area and that the conditions were “unbearable” for the children.
The children are among a group of 1,500 Palestinian children that Israeli authorities are warning to stay indoors as they travel to and from school.
The Palestinian Health Ministry has called for a halt to the construction of new settlements in the areas, as well as to an end to all construction in the settlements, in a move the Israeli government has welcomed.
The announcement came after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas issued a statement in support of the families and urged the Israeli authorities to “take immediate measures to protect the children and families who are trapped in the Israeli settlements.”