Israeli army orders Palestinian families out of their homes due to military drills

JORDAN VALLEY, The Israeli army ordered five Palestinian families to leave their homes in Hamsa al-Foqa in the northern Jordan Valley because the Israel military intends to carry out exercises in that area, a local official said on Monday.

Aref Daraghmeh, a rights’ activist, said five households from the Abu Kibash clan, have been ordered to stay away from their homes on April 2 and May 1 and 8 from 6 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon while the military conducts drills in the area.

According to B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights group, Israeli military training in the Jordan Valley cause unreasonable disruption to the lives of the communities in the area.

It said in an earlier report, The residents are required to leave their homes for many hours, sometimes on short notice of just a few hours. In some cases, they do not have any proper alternative location, and are left exposed to the harsh weather conditions that prevail in the Jordan Valley in the summer.

Rights groups also said that the military drills are actually intended to drive Palestinians out of their homes and out of the occupied Jordan Valley as a whole, which Israel hopes to one day annex and house it with Jewish settlers.

Source: Palestine News & Info Agency