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Residents of Khan al-Ahmar not leaving village

Aug. 8, 2018 5:18 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 11, 2018 11:02 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Residents of the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, East of the central West Bank district of Jerusalem, declared on Wednesday that they would not agree to be transferred anywhere.

Head of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Committee against the Wall and Settlements, Minister Walid Assaf, told the PA-owned Voice of Palestine radio that the committee’s lawyers were informed of the residents’ decision, saying that lawyers would be delivering the residents' response to the Israeli High Court.

Khan al-Ahmar residents' decision came in response to a proposal by the Israeli government, submitted to the court on Tuesday, that it is willing to move, resettle residents of the village in another area in the Jordan Valley if they agree to leave peacefully.

Last week, the Israeli High Court had held a hearing session to discuss an appeal submitted by a Palestinian lawyer on behalf of the Khan al-Ahmar residents, against their displacement and the demolition of their village.

Khan al-Ahmar has been under threat of demolition by Israeli forces; the demolition would leave more than 35 Palestinian families displaced, as part of an Israeli plan to expand the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Kfar Adummim.

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