Israeli forces demolish Jordan Valley village

Israeli forces demolish Jordan Valley village
Thu Oct 3, 2013 20:29:30

Israeli bulldozers have demolished the Jordan Valley village of Makhoul for the fourth time in recent weeks, according to local authorities.

Mayor of al-Maleh and Bedouin dwellings in the Jordan Valley, Aref Daraghmeh, is cited as saying in a Thursday report by the Palestinian Ma'an News Agency that Israeli military forces arrived in the area at 2 a.m. on Wednesday and seized two large tents and demolished several structures.

The Israeli regime forces further issued demolition orders for tents re-built by local and international activists and demanded to know why construction had taken place in the village.

This is while the regime’s military troops destroyed the entire village of Makhoul on September 16, forcibly displacing 10 families, including 16 children, according to the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Despite being declared a closed military zone by Tel Aviv’s military authorities, activists have managed to enter the area and rebuild the structures destroyed by occupying regime.

Days after the brutal demolition, Israeli regime forces further used force to disperse foreign diplomats distributing aid to residents of Makhoul.

French diplomat Marion Fesneau-Castaing was dragged out of an aid truck by an Israeli soldier, who later confiscated the vehicle.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton's spokesman demanded an explanation from the Israeli regime following the confiscation of humanitarian aid.

The Zionist regime has destroyed more than 500 Palestinian properties in the West Bank and mostly East Jerusalem since the beginning of this year, displacing 862 people, according to OCHA.


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