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Israeli settlers set up tents in Jordan Valley

Dec. 27, 2018 9:55 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 27, 2018 3:30 P.M.)
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JORDAN VALLEY (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers set up in the Khallet Makhoul area in the Jordan Valley in the northern occupied West Bank, on Wednesday.

Local activist Aaref Daraghmeh reported that Israeli settlers set up tents in Khallet Makhoul to use for their sheep.

Daraghmeh expressed concerns that erecting these tents could lead to a settlement outpost that would eventually become a new illegal Israeli settlement.
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.

57 percent of the land in the Jordan Valley has been declared closed military zones, also known as a "firing zones," where Israeli army forces routinely train using live ammunition and explosive devices.

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

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