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Israel orders evacuation of Nablus village

Dec. 19, 2010 5:08 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 21, 2010 5:03 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces have ordered residents of Khirbet Tana, a tiny Palestinian village to the east of Nablus in the northern West Bank, to evacuate their homes and depart the village within the next 24 hours.

Israeli forces threatened to confiscate property, including sheep, once the deadline passed.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority officer following settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that Israeli authorities informed residents that their properties would be confiscated if they stayed after warning.

Israeli civil administration officers arrived Sunday and handed over warrants, said 55-year-old Wasif Abu Sa’ud from Tana.

Sa’ud explained that Khirbet Tana is located two kilometers from the Israeli settlement of Mekhora and six kilometers from the Palestinian village of Beit Furik. Abu Sa’ud repeated the threat that sheep and other animals would be confiscated and the owners would have to pay confiscation expenses if they stayed after the deadline.

Abu Sa’ud added that 35 Palestinian families used to live in the area in movable sheds.

Separately, Israeli forces posted warnings on electricity poles in the At-Taweel neighborhood, two kilometers from Aqraba village, ordering residents to stop construction in the area, Yousif Deriyya from the popular committee against settlements said.

The warning came after Israeli settlers allegedly burned alive 17 sheep belonging to a farmer in the same area.

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