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Unrecognized villages

There are approximately 200.000 Bedouins living in Israel. They are Israeli citizens. Most of them live in the Negev Desert in Southern Israel. About half live in government build towns and cities like Lakiya. The other half live in unrecognized villages.

The villages are not formally recognized by the state, so they have no access to services such as water, electricity, sewage systems and roads. The unrecognized villages of the Negev desert have the highest unemployment and poverty rates in Israel. 

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