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Volunteers rebuild part of village demolished by Israel

Sept. 30, 2013 6:00 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 4, 2013 10:43 P.M.)
TUBAS (Ma'an) – Volunteers from 10 Palestinian grassroots organizations based in Ramallah and Nablus on Monday rebuilt two tents and two steel structures in Khirbet al-Makhoul which Israeli forces demolished on Sept. 16.

Khirbet al-Makhoul is a hamlet in the Jordan Valley’s Tubas district housing about 120 Bedouins living in tents and handmade steel structures. Israeli forces stormed the small village on Sept. 16 and demolished it entirely.

Monday’s voluntary work was organized by the Ma’an Development Center. The volunteers represented 10 organizations which signed a 2011 partnership agreement they called the “partnership for the sake of development”.

Tubas Gov. Rabih al-Khandaqji applauded the volunteers and highlighted that an international organization funded part of the reconstruction job, which included usable remnants of the tents and steel structures. He said the deputy governor and other officials from the governor’s office were sent to the village to oversee the reconstruction process.

“We will continue to support our citizens with all possible means we have in order to help them remain on their lands which are an inseparable part of the independent State of Palestine whose capital is holy Jerusalem,” the governor told Ma’an.

Ahmad Asaad, the deputy governor of Tubas, who also attended the voluntary work, highlighted that Israeli forces deployed heavily in the northern Jordan Valley in early morning hours in an attempt to prevent volunteers from reaching Khirbet al-Makhoul.

“Despite the flying checkpoints, we managed to reach the village and build a number of tents and steel houses to shelter our citizens,” Asaad said.
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