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Israeli forces demolish water wells and tents in the Jordan Valley

Dec. 3, 2013 9:45 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 3, 2013 5:07 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers demolished water wells and tents belonging to local Palestinian residents in a number of districts across the northern Jordan Valley on early Tuesday morning.

Aref Daraghmeh, the mayor of al-Malih and neighboring Bedouin villages in the Jordan Valley, told a Ma'an reporter that two Israeli bulldozers demolished two water wells in the area of Barza, as well as tents in the areas of al-Bqaia and al-Adasa in al-Malih.

Daraghmeh noted that most of the residents whose property was demolished did not receive any advance warning from Israeli forces.

A few residents did receive notices prior to the demolitions, he added.

Israeli forces claimed that the tents and the water wells are not licensed.

The demolitions come a day after Israeli forces demolished four houses and eight agricultural structures in the southern Jordan Valley, leaving at least 50 Palestinians homeless.

The Jordan Valley forms roughly a third of the occupied West Bank, with 94 percent of the area off limits to Palestinian use and development.

Israel has declared around 56 percent of the total area to be part of closed military areas.

In 2012, 540 Palestinian structures were demolished in Area C due to a lack of Israeli-issued permits, displacing 815 people, over half children, the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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