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Israel to seize hundreds of dunams in Jordan Valley

April 9, 2019 2:25 P.M. (Updated: April 11, 2019 10:21 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Civil Administration are planning to seize hundreds of Palestinian-owned agricultural lands, in the northern Jordan Valley, on Tuesday afternoon.

Mutaz Bisharat, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity in the Jordan Valley/Tubas district, told Ma'an that the Israeli Civil Administration staff distributed notices to Palestinian residents of Tubas, Tayasir, and Tamoun regarding seizure of their lands.

Bisharat confirmed that 384.49 dunams (about 95 acres) of Palestinian-owned lands would be seized by Israeli authorities.

Bisharat also pointed out that the seizure is set to take place, in order to build new roads for Israeli settlers, which would be built only a few meters from Taysir’s elementary school.

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.

57 percent 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 percent 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.

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