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Israel issues military order against Khan al-Ahmar

Dec. 3, 2018 2:50 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 6, 2018 10:45 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities issued a military order, on Monday, to extend the period of the closure of roads, leading to the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem district in the central occupied West Bank.

According to the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee, the Israeli military order seeks to seize Palestinian-owned lands for military purposes.

The closure will continue until January 15th 2019.

The military order included controlling lands, which measure about 1.4 dunams (0.34 acres), in the nearby Anata village, located in the same area.

The committee mentioned that the 1.4 dunams of land would be controlled by the Israeli authorities for “urgent security purposes.”

Following the Israeli High Court's approval for the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar, the village has been in danger of being demolished by Israeli forces at any moment, which would displace 181 people, half of whom are children.

Critics and human rights organizations argue that the demolition is part of an Israeli plan to expand the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Kfar Adummim and to create a region of contiguous Israeli control from Jerusalem almost to the Dead Sea, which would make a contiguous Palestinian state impossible.

Israel has been constantly trying to uproot Bedouin communities from the east of Jerusalem area to allow settlement expansion in the area, which would later turn the entire eastern part of the West Bank into a settlement zone.

Although international humanitarian law prohibits the demolition of the village and illegal confiscation of private property, Israeli forces continue their planned expansion by forcing evictions and violating basic human rights of the people.
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