TUBAS, Israeli forces Wednesday morning ordered dozens of Palestinian families to leave their tents to make way for military drills in several areas in the Jordan Valley.
Local sources told WAFA that soldiers notified the families last week to leave their homes in areas of Al-Ras al-Ahmar, al-Maita, al-Burj, and Hammamat al-Maleh, on Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M.
The families were seen leaving their tents as Israeli military vehicles were present in the scene.
Considered the most significant Palestinian land reserves, the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea make up approximately a third of the West Bank, with 88 percent of its land classified as Area C, under full Israeli military control, and at least 44 percent appropriated by Israeli forces for military exercises.
Almost all Palestinian communities in the region rely in their livelihood on grazing flocks and growing crops on land next to their homes. Extensive damage to farmland and grazing areas due to gunfire and the passage of tanks and military vehicles through the fields jeopardizes the communities’ ability to survive in the area.
Palestinian residents of the Jordan Valley regularly face evacuation to Israeli military exercises on or near their land. They say Israel is trying to push them out of their land to eventually take it over to build Jewish settlements.
Source: Palestinian News and Info Agency