Israeli forces have ordered nine Palestinian Bedouin families in the northern Jordan Valley to leave their homes, in order to make way for Israeli military training in the area, local sources said on Wednesday.

Palestinians believe, according to WAFA, that the military exercises are part of a larger Israeli scheme to empty the land of its Arab inhabitants for further settlement expansion.

In May of 2014, a senior Israeli army officer admitted that military live-fire training in the occupied West Bank “is used as a way of reducing the number of Palestinians living nearby.”

According to B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights group, Israeli military training in the Jordan Valley “cause unreasonable disruption to the lives of the communities in the area.”

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