Israeli army razes entire village in Jordan Valley, displaces many Palestinians
Israel’s army has demolished the homes of nearly 80 Palestinians, on Wednesday, in the occupied West Bank.
The Israeli army has razed homes and tents in the northern village of Khirbet Humsa, near Tubas in the Jordan Valley, officials and witnesses said.
A total of 74 people were displaced, more than half of which were minors, according to B’Tselem, an Israeli anti-occupation non-government organization.
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh called on the international community to intervene against Israeli troops’ attempt to “displace the citizens of Khirbet Humsa and tens of similar communities from their homes and lands”, pointing to the fact that Israel “chose this evening to commit another crime” as the attention is focused on the United States presidential election.
International advocacy officer for the B’Tselem, Sarit Michaeli, also commented on the demolition process saying “Clearly, the intention is to force residents off the land by creating a man-made humanitarian disaster. But residents have told us they have nowhere to go”.
Michaeli also said that this was the first demolition in seven years of an entire herder community.
Meanwhile, the branch of Israel’s army responsible for civilian affairs in the West Bank, COGAT, said it had destroyed structures “built illegally in a firing zone (military training area) in the Jordan Valley”.
The Jordan Valley is home to approximately 60,000 Palestinians, according to the UN, but nearly 90 percent of the land is part of what is known as Area C, the three-fifths of the West Bank that is under complete Israeli control.
Under Israeli rules, Palestinians cannot build structures in the area without permits, which are typically refused, and demolitions are common.