Friday, June 22, 2018

Israel Orders Eviction of Jordan Valley Families for Military Training

Jordan Valley
Israeli occupation authorities on Friday ordered 21 Palestinian families from Homsat al-Foqa, a small village in the Northern Jordan Valley region in the occupied West Bank, to leave their homes next Tuesday to make way for Israeli military training in the area.

 Muataz Besharat, who monitors Israeli violations in the area, told WAFA that Israeli army handed notices to the 21 families to leave their homes from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm (local time) to make way for the training.

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.

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, Israel forces families to leave their homes for hours or days at a time until the drill is over.

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