Israel demolishes 22 structures in Jordan Valley

Israeli forces on Sunday demolished some 22 residential and agricultural structures in Ras al-Ahmar village, in the Jordan Valley, according to local sources.

Muataz Besharat, who monitors Israeli daily violations in the Jordan Valley, told WAFA that four Israeli bulldozers accompanied by a military escort broke into the village, before they proceeded to demolish residential and agricultural structures, in addition to animal barns.

The demolished structures are shelter for 13 local Palestinian families, Besharat added.

The Israeli military sited construction without permission as a pretext for the demolition.

Threats of displacement for the thousands of Palestinian Bedouins living in the Jordan Valley in particular have reportedly increased dramatically since 2012.

Rights groups argue that Israel aims to fully annex the strategic area of land and is unlikely to return the occupied area to Palestinians.

In addition to demolition, Israeli rights group B’Tselem has pointed to the use of Israeli military training exercises as a means of forcible displacement of Palestinians from the Jordan Valley.

Source: WAFA