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Settlers begin work on new illegal outpost in Jordan Valley

Jerusalem24– Settlers began erecting tents and wooden pergolas Friday at dawn on the lands of the Khirbet Al-Farisiya community close to Tubas in the northern Jordan Valley.

According to activists and video documentation on the ground, the settlers set up tents approximately 200 meters from the existing Palestinian community and within an area designated by Israeli authorities as a closed military zone.

Officials from the Governorate of Tubas and the Northern Valleys say erecting the tents comes as a prelude to building a new outpost – a common practice in the West Bank, as happened with the illegal outpost of Evyatar on Jabal Sbeih in 2020.

Earlier in the week on Wednesday, Israeli military, police, and crews from the nearby settlement councils stormed Khirbet Al-Farisiya, closing off its entrances and confiscating agricultural tractors, personal vehicles, and water tanks.

The military then stormed another three communities in the area and carried out further confiscations.

Rashid Khudiri, an activist with the Jordan Valley Solidarity campaign, told Jerusalem24 on Wednesday that it was the largest operation of its kind in the Jordan Valley.

Over the past two months, settlers have been leveling large tracts of Palestinian agricultural land in the area and set up several mobile homes.

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