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Israel razes land to open military road in Jordan Valley

Aug. 7, 2018 11:51 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 7, 2018 3:39 P.M.)
TUBAS (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers escorted by Israeli forces razed and leveled a rural road for military training on predawn Tuesday in the area of Ras al-Ahmar, in the Jordan Valley in the northern occupied West Bank.

Ahmad Ishtayeh, head of the Atuf village council, of which Ras al-Ahmar is part, said that Israeli forces razed the rural road and expanded it, to be used for military vehicles required for Israeli military training.

Ishtayeh added that the area where Israeli forces razed the land and created a military road is an agricultural land owned by local Palestinian farmers, which as a result caused them serious economic harm and disrupted the daily life of residents.

Two weeks ago, Israeli forces had destroyed a main water pipeline in the same area to create a military road.

Khirbet Ras al-Ahmar is one of approximately 180 Palestinian villages in the occupied West Bank on lands designated as 'Area C' -- the area of the West bank under full Israeli security and civilian control -- according to Israeli human rights NGO B'Tselem.

The village is often raided by Israeli forces, who carry out various military operations in the area, forcing residents of the village to leave their homes for several hours or even days.

Additionally, the village is a designated Israeli military "firing zone."

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