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Israeli forces close off water lines in Jordan Valley-area lands

July 19, 2018 1:04 P.M. (Updated: July 19, 2018 4:24 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces and representatives of the Israeli water-tech company "Mekorot" closed and separated the water lines from about 3,000 dunams (741 acres) of agricultural Palestinian land in central Jordan Valley on Thursday.

According to Azzam al-Hajj Muhammad, head of the municipality of Furush Beit Dajan village, in the northern West Bank district of Nablus, said that since Thursday morning, Israeli forces have started to dig in search of water holes and close them in n attempt to separate water lines that provide Palestinian farmers with water.

Israeli forces closed all of the water holes preventing the entry of water supply for about 3,000 dunams worth of agricultural land, which more than 1,200 Palestinian residents depend on in this area.

Water allocations are very necessary for the increase of agricultural production, in order to support the economic growth of many Palestinian farmers.

Earlier this month, Israeli forces had destroyed more than 400 meters of water pipelines, which is an important life source to many Palestinians residents of the Jordan Valley, who are mainly farmers or Bedouins.

Jordan Valley residents mostly live in enclaves closed off by Israeli military zones, checkpoints, and more than 30 illegal Israeli settlements.

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