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Israeli settlers raze agricultural lands in Jordan Valley

Nov. 22, 2018 12:14 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 23, 2018 5:37 P.M.)
TUBAS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers razed dozens of dunams of Palestinian-owned agricultural land between the illegal Israeli settlements of Maskyot and Rotem, in the northern Jordan Valley, on Wednesday.

Human rights activist, Aref Daragmeh, said that Israeli settlers from the illegal Maskyot settlement built a small structure and razed dozen of dunams of agricultural land, particularly used to herd sheep.

Daraghmeh mentioned that Israeli settlers under the protection of Israeli forces regularly raze lands and seal off the area, preventing Palestinian farmers and shepherds from working.
Palestinian residents of the Jordan Valley regularly face evacuations and interruption due to Israeli military exercises on or near their land. The district of Tubas, meanwhile, is one of the occupied West Bank's most important agricultural centers.

The majority of the Jordan Valley is under full Israeli military control, despite being within the West Bank. Meanwhile, at least 44% of the total land in the Jordan Valley has been re-appropriated by Israeli forces for military purposes and training exercises.

Forming a third of the occupied West Bank and with 88 percent of its land classified as Area C, the Jordan Valley has long been a strategic area of land unlikely to return to Palestinians following Israel's occupation in 1967.

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