Israeli occupation authorities, on Friday, ordered several Palestinian families from the village of Ebzeiq, in the northern Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank, to leave their homes and make way for Israeli military training, in the area.

Muataz Besharat, who monitors Israeli violations in the area, told WAFA that the Israeli army served notices to 14 families, ordering them to leave their homes on December 16, 23, 26 and 31, from 6:00am to 2:00pm (local time), on some days, and from 12:00am to 6:00am on other days, to make way for the training.

The Jordan Valley forms a third of the occupied West Bank, with 88 percent of its land classified as Area C – under full Israeli military control.

Nearly 20 percent of the occupied West Bank has been declared as “firing zones”, since the 1970s, but, according to the UN, some 80 percent of these areas are not in fact used for military training.

However, when military training takes place, Israel forces families to leave their homes, for hours or days at a time, until the drill is over.

(Al Ray archive image)