IOF levels entire village in Jordan Valley

[ 09/02/2011 – 04:51 PM ]

 

NABLUS, (PIC)– The IOF leveled an entire village near the West Bank city of Beit Furik on Wednesday morning also confiscating private property. It argued it was established on a closed military zone.

Meanwhile, residents of the Negev village of Araqib are left homeless for the 16th time.

”Military bulldozers backed by scores of soldiers cordoned off the area and forced locals to evacuate and began demolishing the homes and cattle barns and warned Bedouins not to enter again,” witnesses said.

”There is a Zionist scheme to displace the people,” residents of the ruined Tana village said.

Israel has seized since 1967 around 18,000 dunums of the village’s land for the interest of military camps and Jewish settlements in the area.

Locals are exposed to frequent gunfire from the Israeli army, which has mapped the region a training zone.

Tana, near the border with Jordan, falls on the eastern slopes of the northern Jordan Valley, and has been included in an Israeli project designed to draw up a dividing line between the Palestinians and Jordan.

The same morning, the army wiped out the Negev village of Araqib for the 16th straight time.

The villagers had rebuilt their makeshift homes the previous night after their village unrecognized by Israel was erased the same day.

They were forced to take shelter at a nearby Islamic cemetery.

Ibrahim Al-Waqili heading the council of unrecognized villages in the Negev said the situation in the desert area is volatile.

IOF levels entire village in Jordan Valley.

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