A Palestinian Bedouin encampment (archive image from UNRW)

Bedouin families in the northern Jordan Valley were ordered, by the Israeli military, to stop setting up tents and barns in Khirbet Thra’a Awad, under the pretext they do not have permits for them, Aref Daraghmeh, a local rights activist, said on Thursday.

Daraghmeh told WAFA that the army informed the families to stop the construction until November 19.

Several Bedouin families, who are mainly shepherds, often move from one place to another as the winter season approaches, whereupon they set up home for several months to allow their livestock to feed in the open pastures.

Israel attempts to control movement and presence of the Bedouins in the Jordan Valley, a rich area of the occupied West Bank, which it aims to one day annex and fill with Jewish settlements.

(archive photo image, UNRWA)