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Israel evacuates 50 Palestinian families in Tubas

Feb. 6, 2019 3:58 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 9, 2019 9:42 A.M.)
JORDAN VALLEY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces evacuated 50 Palestinian families in the northern Jordan Valley to make way for active Israeli military training.

Evacuations of the families in the Ras al-Ahmar, Ein al-Mayteh, Khirbet al-Burj and Hammamat al-Maleh began on Wednesday morning and would end in the evening.

Israeli military vehicles were deployed across the areas.

Israel had ordered the families to evacuate, on Sunday, starting from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the 6th and 12th of February.

Additionally, Israeli settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Rotem assaulted Palestinian shepherds herding their sheep nearby.

Mutaz Bisharat, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity in the Jordan Valley/Tubas district, said that Israeli settlers assaulted several shepherds, under armed security by the Israeli army.

Israeli forces then assaulted one of the assaulted shepherds, identified as Ahmad Hussein Daraghmeh.

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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