JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers and Civil Administration personnel razed a Bedouin encampment, belonging to the Jahalin clan in Isawiya, northeast of Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, locals said.
Hani Al-Eisaway of the Isawiya Land Defense committee said the Israeli personnel bulldozed more than 50 dunums of land in what Israel calls the E1 zone in between Jerusalem and the Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adumim.
He added that six Bedouin families lived in the bulldozed area. Bulldozers destroyed tents and other structures owned by the families.
The E1 area is sensitive because of Israeli authorities' stated intention to establish a new settlement in the area, which would effectively sever the West Bank into two pieces, making a separate Palestinian state impossible.
A spokesman for Israel's Civil Administration did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.