Israel razes three buildings, roads in the jordan vally village of Aqaba

[ 15/09/2011 – 04:44 PM ]

NABLUS, (PIC)– Israeli bulldozers tore down three structures as well as main roads in a Palestinian village in the northern Jordan valley as the Israeli army has declared the area a closed military zone.

Journalists were prevented from taking photos as the force raised the home and two shacks of a local there in Aqaba village near Tubas on Thursday morning. Excavated also were the western road to the village and a street and telephone poles near the demolition site.

Aqaba municipality head Sami Sadiq told our correspondent that all residents of the village have received demolition notices, including the local mosque, school, nursery, and health clinic. The the Israeli occupation authorities said that they want evacuate the village in favour of three military bases that want to use the village as a firing range.

Aqaba, which lies just north of Tubas, was established decades before the Israeli occupation and was originally used for agriculture and livestock.

Elsewhere, the Israeli Magistrate’s Court has ruled for the demolition of a 71-year-old woman’s home in Jerusalem’s Arab Sheikh Jarrah district, under allegations that an extension to it was built without permit.

The court issued a final decision that the woman must either pay NIS 20,000 (USD 5,415) and destroy the home or obtain the permit within a three month deadline. Should she fail to execute the orders she would be arrested or forced to carry out community service for Israel.

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