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Israeli forces serve demolition, stop-work orders in Jordan Valley villages

Jan. 12, 2017 5:08 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 12, 2017 9:04 P.M.)
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TUBAS (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces raided the villages of Khirbet al-Ras al-Ahmar and Khirbet Yarza in the northern occupied West Bank’s Jordan Valley on Wednesday, in order to deliver four final demolition and stop-construction notices for constructions and water pipelines in the area.

Muataz Bisharat, a Palestinian official who monitors settler activities in the Jordan Valley, told Ma’an that Israeli forces delivered two orders to demolish an agricultural water pipeline in Khirbet al-Ras al-Ahmar belonging to al-Forat Agricultural Company.

Also in Khirbet al-Ras al-Ahmar, Israeli forces deliver demolition notices to tents and residential barracks belonging to Rashid Abdullah Hussein Bisharat, as well as a stop-construction order for a wire fence being built around a tract of land owned by Ahmad al-Abisse.

In the nearby village of Khirbet Yarza, Israeli forces delivered an order “giving residents a final chance” to demolish a three-kilometer agricultural route connecting Khirbet Yarza to a nearby village. The order stipulated that if residents did not carry out the demolition themselves, Israeli forces would soon carry out the demolition.

A spokesperson for COGAT, the Israeli agency responsible for implementing Israeli policy in the occupied Palestinian territory, was not immediately available for comment.

Forming a third of the occupied West Bank and with 88 percent of its land classified as Area C -- under full Israeli military control -- the Jordan Valley has long been a strategic area of land unlikely to return to Palestinians following Israel's occupation in 1967.

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