The Israeli civil administration is reportedly willing to demolish a 10-meter-deep water reservoir that is the only source of water for 20 Bedouin families of the Umm Al-Jimal community, in the Jordan Valley, claiming that it was built without a permit.
According to Palestine Information Center, the 20 families own 700 sheep and goats as well as 300 cows and some horses. Last year, a flood destroyed another holding reservoir which served the families’ water needs, and blocked the spring’s exit.
The families are concerned that destroying the current pond will once more block the spring, which is the only nearby water source available to them. A final injunction to demolish the pond was given in April 2012, but was never executed.
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