Israeli authorities officially declared, on Saturday, the confiscation of 68 dunams of land from the Ras al-Ahmar area of the Jordan Valley, northern occupied West Bank.
Local official Mutaz Bisharat told Maâ€™an News Agency that Israeli forces delivered notices, to the Palestinian owners of the land, declaring the confiscation of 68 dunams (approximately 16 acres) in the Ras al-Ahmar area, for “emergency military purposes.”
Bisharat said that the lands are owned by 38 Palestinians families with some 200 members residing in these lands.
He warned that Israel requested residents to head to the Israeli Civil Administration, for compensation.
Israeli forces had destroyed a main water pipelineÂ in the village, on Wednesday, to create a military road.
Khirbet Ras al-Ahmar is one of approximately 180 Palestinian villages in the occupied West Bank, located on lands designated as ‘Area C’ — the area of the West bank under full Israeli security and civilian control — according to Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem.
The village is often raided by Israeli forces, who conduct various military operations in the area, forcing residents of the village to leave their homes for several hours or even days.
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.