By Sarah Keane • 05 November 2020 • 10:37
Israeli army destroys entire Palestinian village in Jordan Valley
The homes of nearly 80 Palestinian Bedouins were demolished in the occupied West Bank, witnesses reported to AFP on Wednesday, November 4.
A photographer at the scene said that bulldozers flattened the entire community of tents on Tuesday evening, leaving dozens of people homeless in the settlement near Tubas in the Jordan Valley.
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh accused Israeli troops of having “completely demolished the village of Homsa al-Baqia, leaving around 80 people homeless.”
Demolitions are very common as, according to Israeli rules, Palestinians can’t build structures without permits, which are typically refused. The Israeli army branch COGAT maintained that the structures were “built illegally in a firing zone in the Jordan Valley” and therefore were destroyed.
Abdelghani Awada had lived in the area for generations and has now been left homeless. He told AFP that the army gave civilians “ten minutes to evacuate our homes.”
“Then they started bulldozing”, he said.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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