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Israel seizes water pumps, destroys Palestinian structures in Jordan Valley

May 17, 2017 5:31 P.M. (Updated: May 17, 2017 5:31 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces stormed the Palestinian village of Khirbet al-Dir, located in the Tubas district of the northern occupied West Bank on Tuesday, and seized two water pumps, according official Palestinian news agency Wafa

Wafa quoted Muataz Bsharat, who monitors developments in the Jordan Valley, as saying that Israeli forces stormed the village and seized two water pumps used for drinking water and for irrigation, under the claim that the pipes were built without a permit.

Additionally, Bsharat said that Israeli forces raided the nearby Tayasir village and dismantled a fence surrounding a piece of land that belongs to a local resident, noting that the landowner had appealed the impending demolition of the fence to the Israeli Supreme Court, who had yet to rule on the case at the time of the demolition. 

Earlier Tuesday, Wafa reported that Israeli forces destroyed a well in the Tubas-area Bardala village, in the northern Jordan Valley, under the pretext that it was built without a nearly impossible to obtain Israeli-issued construction permit.

A spokesperson for the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) was not immediately available for comment. 

Forming a third of the occupied West Bank, with 88 percent of its land classified as Area C -- the parts of the West Bank under full Israeli military control -- the Jordan Valley has long been seen by Israel as a strategic area to maintain under its authority.

Demolitions of Palestinian infrastructure and residences occur frequently in Area C, with Bedouin and herding communities being particularly vulnerable to such policies.

Israel almost never gives Palestinians permission to build in land classified as Area C -- which is comprised of more than 60 percent of the West Bank -- leaving residents no choice but to build their homes without permits who “live in constant fear of their homes and livelihoods being destroyed,” Israeli rights group B’Tselem has said.
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