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Israel declares Tubas-area village closed military zone

Oct. 12, 2018 1:23 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 14, 2018 10:45 A.M.)
TUBAS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces declared the village of Khirbet al-Hadidiyeh in the northern Jordan Valley a closed military zone and sealed off several roads leading to the village, on Friday.

Local activist, Aaref Daraghmeh, said that Israeli forces sealed off entrance roads to Khirbet al-Hadidiyeh and prevented activists from reaching the area, where Israeli forces demolished Palestinian housing structures and steel structures used for housing sheep on Thursday.

Israeli forces declared the village a closed military zone until further notice.

Daraghmeh added that activists, who arrived as a form of protest against Israel's recent demolition in the village, attempted to reach the area in order to set up tents for the residents of Khirbet al-Hadidiyeh.

The Jordan Valley forms a third of the occupied West Bank, with 88 percent of its land classified as Area C -- under full Israeli military control.

About 57% of the land in the Jordan Valley has been declared closed military zones, also known as a "firing zones," where Israeli army forces routinely train using live ammunition and explosive devices.

Nearly 20% of the occupied West Bank has been declared "firing zones" since the 1970s, but according to the UN, some 80 percent of these areas are not in fact used for military training. However, when military training does take place, Israeli forces families to leave their homes for hours or days at a time until the drill is over.

The videos below show Israeli forces preventing demonstrators from reaching the village:

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