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Israel evacuates 13 Palestinian families for military training in Tubas

Jan. 13, 2019 12:31 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 20, 2019 10:35 A.M.)
TUBAS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces forced 13 Palestinian families to evacuate from their homes in northern Tubas, in the northern occupied West Bank, on Sunday, in order to make way for active military training.

According to Aref Daraghmeh, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the area, said that Israeli forces stormed Khirbet Ibziq, in the Tubas district, and forced 13 families to evacuate their homes for the next 24 hours for military training in the area.

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 percent of the total land in the Jordan Valley has been reappropriated by Israeli forces for military purposes and training exercises.

According to the Palestinian nonprofit the Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem (ARIJ), more than 400,000 dunams (98,842 acres) of the 720,000 dunams (177,916 acres) that make up the total area of the Jordan Valley has been transformed into closed military and firing zones, with at least 27,000 dunams (6,672 acres) confiscated for illegal Israeli settlement building.

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