Israeli army bulldozers, accompanied by dozens of armored vehicles, leveled dozens of structures, including homes and structures for livestock in the Jiftlik area, in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley, in order to expand a Jewish settlement that was built on village lands. Eyewitnesses reported that more than 30 structures that belong to Palestinian shepherds of the al-D’eis family were leveled.
The village is totally surrounded by Jewish settlements, and the settlers are attempting to take over the area in order to expand an illegal settlement.
Israeli soldiers instated a strict siege on the area since early morning hours Wednesday, and demanded the residents to leave their village after claiming that it is a closed military zone and that they cannot live there.
Last month, dozens of armed settlers attacked the village and threatened to harm the residents should they choose to stay in their village. The attack was one of dozens of similar attacks aimed at terrifying the residents in order to leave the area.