Israeli forces have demolished the Palestinian Bedouin community of Humsa al-Baqai’a in the Jordan Valley, including structures provided by the international community.
At least 65 people, including 35 children, were displaced, said Christopher Holt of the West Bank Protection Consortium, a group of international aid agencies with European Union support that helps residents.
The demolition left the villagers, who earn their living mainly by grazing about 4,000 sheep, again homeless. The EU in the past has helped rebuild residents after previous demolitions.
According to the Oslo Accords, the Jordan Valley, which accounts for 60 percent of the occupied West Bank, is classified as Area C, meaning it is under Israel’s full civilian and military control.
It was the sixth time the town center had been demolished since November 2020, when, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), 83 the structures were destroyed in the largest demolition incident recorded in recent years.
Some of the makeshift houses and agricultural facilities were provided by the European Union. Humsa al-Baqai’a has received material assistance from the West Bank Protection Consortium, set up to prevent the forced transfer of Palestinians to the occupied West Bank.
Holt said families refused to leave the area.
“We understand that what has happened this morning is that the Israeli military entered the community around nine in the morning and demolished everything in the community, including eight residential structures, animal shelters and agricultural structures.” , he told Al Jazeera.
“Israeli forces tried to forcibly transfer the families, which is illegal because it is an occupied territory and the families have refused to leave … It is a very serious escalation.”
He # Palestine The Bedouin community of Humsa Al Bqai’a, is located in zone C of the north #JordanValley #West Bank, mainly in an area designated as a “firing zone” for Israeli military training, where Palestinian residence or access is prohibited. 2/6 pic.twitter.com/s5s4Kjh131
– OCHA oPt (Palestine) (@ochaopt) July 7, 2021
An Israeli security official said the government has held months of talks with residents and offered an alternative location nearby. The official, who was not allowed to speak publicly, told The Associated Press the offer of the new location stand.
Under international law, it is strictly forbidden for a power occupying the transfer of members of the employed population from its existing communities against their will.
Last February, Israeli forces also confiscated the village’s water tanks, afterwards carrying out demolition on two previous occasions during the same month, leaving the community without drinking water or water for their cattle.
Humsa al-Baqai’a families currently have no shelter from the scorching heat of 39 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) in the Jordan Valley.
The cruelty and cruelty of a brutal Israeli occupation and contempt for the lives and livelihoods of Palestinians are exposed when Palestinian homes are torn down to 39 degrees heat in Khirbet Humsah in the Jordan Valley. Abu Abu al-Kabash family v @btselem pic.twitter.com/kV16pa2zyU
– Joseph Willits (@josephwillits) July 7, 2021
The village is one of 38 Bedouin areas located partially or completely within a camp that Israel declared a military firing range.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the designated “fire zones” make up almost 30% of area C where 6,200 Bedouins live.
These communities are some of the most vulnerable in the occupied West Bank, with limited access to basic services such as water, sanitation, electricity, education and health services.
Palestinian houses in the Jordan Valley are being demolished by Israeli authorities who claim they were built without permits.
The area of the Palestinian Jordan Valley covers 160,000 hectares (395,368 acres) with about 13,000 Israeli settlers living in 38 settlements. Meanwhile, about 65,000 Palestinians live in 34 communities.