Israeli forces take down protest huts at West Bank Bedouin village ZlotoNews

Israeli security forces arrive to the West Bank Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar Thursday Sept. 13 2018. Israeli forces have dismantled five corrugated metal shacks that had been set up by Palestinian activists protesting the anticipated razing of

Israeli security forces arrive to the West Bank Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar Thursday Sept. 13 2018. Israeli forces have dismantled five corrugated metal shacks that had been set up by Palestinian activists protesting the anticipated razing of

The Israeli army confirmed that it had removed five houses in the area and that the demolition was meant for "Wadi al-Ahmar" and not for Khan al-Ahmar yet.

A resolution passed by the lawmaking body Thursday warned Israel that the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar "would constitute a grave breach of global humanitarian law" and threaten peace efforts with the Palestinians.

Eyewitnesses said Israeli forces arrived at the village in the illegally occupied West Bank before sunrise on Thursday and began taking down the newly built protest huts, without touching the Bedouin encampment, the fate of which has become a focus of Palestinian protests and global concern. It has offered to resettle the residents 12 kilometres (7 miles) away under what it says are improved conditions - with connections to water, electricity and sewage treatment they now don't have.

The pre-dawn operation on the outskirts of Khan al-Ahmar raised fears among the village's approximately 200 residents that its demolition had begun.

On Thursday morning, Israel's Civil Administration for the liberated territories demolished five structures erected by Palestinian Authority agents near the condemned Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar.

The resolution recalled "that Israel bears full responsibility for providing the necessary services, including education, healthcare and welfare, for the people living under its occupation, in line with the Fourth Geneva Convention".

The resolution also said the razing of Khan al-Ahmar would set a "negative precedent" for other Bedouin communities facing demolition in the West Bank.


The incident, he added, was likely a prelude to the imminent demolition of Khan al-Ahmar - a Bedouin village locate nearby - and the eviction of its inhabitants.

According to the statement, France is continuing its efforts to preserve the two-state solution in collaboration with the European Union and its close global partners.

The judges also rejected the petitioners' request to delay Khan al-Ahmar's demolition until an alternative site is found for its residents.

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal last week to halt the demolition.

Palestinians say the demolition is part of an Israeli push to create an arc of settlements that would effectively cut off East Jerusalem from the West Bank, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war and which the Palestinians seek for an independent state.

The Israeli force, Assaf said, had since cordoned off the area, designating it a "military zone".

It is also located in an area known as E1, a strategic area earmarked for Israeli development which forms a buffer east of Jerusalem that Palestinians say would divide the West Bank and badly hurt the possibility of a contiguous Palestinian state.

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