Israeli Forces Uproot Trees, Confiscate Tents, Declare Area ‘Closed Military Zone’

23 Dec
6:00 PM

Israeli forces, on Monday, seized a number of tents and uprooted trees in the area of Khirbet Tana, a small village located east of Nablus city, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in northern West Bank, said that Israeli troops invaded the area and declared it a ‘closed military zone’ before proceeding to seize the tents and uproots trees.

The Palestinian village has been demolished multiple times by the Israeli authorities, as the Israeli Civil Administration does not recognize it as a village worth planning, therefore prohibits construction there.

A community of some 250 Palestinians relying on animal husbandry and agriculture for their livelihood, Khirbet Tana has been left with essentially no infrastructure, they are not connected to a water source or electricity, relying on natural springs.

According to the United Nations monitoring group Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), recent Israeli demolitions in the village “displaced ten families with 36 members, including 11 children, and affected the livelihoods of five additional families.”

The “Civil Administration” is the name Israel gives to the body administering its military occupation of the West Bank. This authority determines where Palestinians may live, where and when they may travel, and whether or not they can build or expand on their own land.

Photo: Days of Palestine
Edited for IMEMC: ALi Salam

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