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Israel seals off Khan al-Ahmar with cement blocks

July 11, 2018 12:57 P.M. (Updated: July 12, 2018 11:29 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces sealed off the entrances to the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, on Wednesday, with cement blocks.

Walid Assaf, head of the National Committee to Resist the Wall and Settlements, said that several consuls managed to reach the sit-in tent in Khan al-Ahmar, but others were prevented from reaching the village.

He added that Israeli forces prevented many demonstrators from reaching the sit-in tent inside Khan al-Ahmar.

Assaf confirmed that Israeli forces held and prevented dozens of doctors and consuls from reaching the village.

Israeli forces also prevented a mobile clinic belonging to the Palestinian Medical Relief Society from entering the area to provide medical care for patients, especially women and children, at Khan al-Ahmar.

For years now, Palestinian medical relief teams have been providing medical treatment to the resident of Khan al-Ahmar, including caring for children, and people suffering from chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

Sources added that Israeli forces stormed the village and surrounded demonstrators and activists; many were held and banned from movement.

Israeli forces also surrounded a school in Khan al-Ahmar, which was built and funded by the EU, and has been under threat of being demolished; Israeli forces blocked the entrances and exits of the school and held several more demonstrators.

Israel has faced increasing international condemnation as the world watched Israeli forces prepare for the demolishing of Khan al-Ahmar and attempting to forcibly displace its 181 residents, half of whom are children.

Palestinian activists and officials said that the plan to displace Palestinian residents in the area aims to expand the illegal Israeli settlement of Kefar Adumim, in the central West Bank district of Jerusalem.

Although international humanitarian law prohibits the demolition of the village and illegal confiscation of private property, Israeli forces continue their planned expansion by forcing evictions and violating basic human rights of the people.

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