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Israeli military drill sparks fire on Palestinian farmland

April 27, 2015 7:50 P.M. (Updated: April 28, 2015 11:01 A.M.)
(MaanImages)
TUBAS (Ma'an) -- A fire sparked by an Israeli military drill swept across thousands of dunams of Palestinian farmland in the northern Jordan valley on Monday, the Palestinian civil defense said.

Some 3,000 to 4,000 dunams of farmland in the Humsa area of eastern Tubas district were affected by the fire after Israeli forces opened fire during a military exercise.

The district of Tubas is one of the West Bank's most important agricultural centers, and the civil defense said the land had been planted with wheat and barley.

Tubas Governor Rabih al-Khandaqji condemned Israeli "violations" in the area, aimed at "displacing people from their lands and deliberately inflicting grave losses to their resources."

Civil defense crews arrived from Qalqiliya and Nablus to fight the fire but were prevented from reaching the area as Israel has declared it a closed military zone.

The majority of the Jordan Valley is under full Israeli military control, despite being within the Palestinian West Bank.

According to the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem, more than 15,000 dunams of land in the Tubas district have been confiscated by Israel for military bases with a further 8,000 dunams seized for illegal Israeli settlements.
Comments
JoeUSA / In a civilized society
If the government or agents of the government cause harm to the population , it offers fair compensation. But , no , not in Israel......
27/04/2015 21:05
Mark of Lewiston / USA
The farmers should sue, not just for monetary damages, but for replacement of the lost crops and/or the food it would produce. And then there should be pain and suffering damages and exemplary damages so the IDF has some incentive to be more careful. About 10 times the value of the lost crops.
28/04/2015 09:12
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