IOF evacuates Jordan Valley village declaring military zone

[ 01/06/2011 – 09:03 PM ]

JORDAN VALLEY, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces used heavy machinery and artillery on Wednesday morning to eject residents of Irza hamlet in the Jordan Valley as it has declared the area a closed military zone.

Locals reported that more than 200 Palestinians were forced to leave their homes in the farming community and warned not to return.

The IOF chose the land for training because its terrain resembles that of southern Lebanon, according to Irza mayor Mukhlis Masaaid.

Several locals were reported to have been killed or injured as gunfire strays through from the three military barracks enclosing the village.

Masaaid said that locals have refused to succumb to the IOF’s decision.

In a separate development, Jewish settlers have begun excavations ahead of construction in Dir al-Hatab, located east of Nablus in the northern West Bank.

The settlers came from nearby Alon Moreh settlement, which was erected on lands belonging to the town and other nearby villages.

Around ten bulldozers are being used to excavate 600 dunums of land cultivated with olive groves, said local council head Abdul-Kareem Hussein.

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