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Israel resumes demolition in Humsa al-Bqai’a Bedouin community in the occupied Jordan Valley.

Jerusalem24 – Israel unstoppable war against Bedouin communities is getting more fierce,  Israeli forces have deployed military vehicles to the Humsa al-Bqai’a Bedouin community in the north of the Jordan Valley, declaring it a “closed military area”, while blocking access for international observers from the diplomatic and humanitarian communities.

The army demolished on July 7th, 27 residential and animal structures and water tanks, displacing 11 households, comprising around 70 people, including 36 children, and confiscated food parcels and unassembled structures, leaving the community with no food and water. They also confiscated all personal belongings, including food, milk for children, clothes, hygiene materials and toys. Also, their livestock is left without fodder and water. This was the seventh destruction that the community has faced since November 2020, when Israeli forces carried out the single largest demolition incident in recent years.

Mutaz Bisharat, an official with Tubas governorate, said Israeli occupation soldiers today threatened the residents who stayed on their lands despite the demolition of their homes and structures that they would be arrested if they do not evacuate the area. He said the soldiers had set up roadblocks to prevent anyone from reaching that area to help the community rebuild their destroyed homes.

The United Nations today warned that the demolition of Humsa al-Bqai’a by the Israeli occupation authorities raises serious risk of forcible transfer.

The Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Lynn Hastings, described in a press statement the demolition of the northern West Bank community as “disturbing”.

“Throughout the demolition, Israeli forces blocked access of humanitarian personnel to the families. When they managed to access the community after the demolition, they found tents, food, water tanks and fodder had all been destroyed or confiscated, leaving people – including children – out in the open, in summer heat, with virtually no basic provisions; even milk, diapers, clothes and toys had been taken.”

He called on the Israeli occupation authorities to “immediately halt all further demolitions of Palestinian homes and possessions, allow the humanitarian community to provide shelter, food and water to this most vulnerable community and let these people rebuild their homes in their current location and stay there in safety and dignity.”

Israeli military personnel resumed today demolition of shelters in Humsa al-Bqai’a Bedouin community in the occupied northern Jordan Valley, the Israeli forces returned to the afflicted community this morning and demolished a shelter used by one of the residents as it proceeded to demolish others.

Humsa al-Bqai’a is not the only Bedouin community that’s facing demolitions and expulsion, as yesterday Israeli forces  demolished a Bedouin community inhabited by 11 Palestinian families in the occupied West Bank, Israeli bulldozers and trucks moved into Al-Qabbon Bedouin community near Mughayir village, north of Ramallah, in the early morning and surrounded it from all sides, bringing down all structures set up by Palestinian families in the community and confiscating tractors, water tanks, and vehicles belonging to residents. More than 150 people live in Al-Qabbon community.

Clashes also erupted yesterday in Umm Al-Jamal between the citizens and the soldiers of the Israeli occupation. leaving 5 injuries of women, men and children. One of the citizens was arrested. A child of no more than a year old from Khirbet Umm al-Jamal in the northern Jordan Valley was sprayed with pepper gas by settlers in front of the occupation army and police.

 

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Israeli forces demolished at least 421 Palestinian-owned structures in the West Bank this year.

 

 

 

 

 

Mona Hijjawi

Editor/Presenter Graduated from The Arab Academy for Science Technology and Maritime Transport in Cairo, BA in Translation and Mass Communication. Currently Ramallah based Journalist and presenter at Jerusalem24.

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