Israeli forces have dismantled several shacks near Khan al-Ahmar set up by Palestinian activists to protest against the planned demolition of the Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank.
Israeli border police arrived before dawn on Thursday and dismantled the protest camp, according to witnesses.
Israel’s plan to demolish the village, home to nearly 200 people, and relocate its residents has been criticized by Palestinians and drawn international condemnation.
Walid Assaf, head of the commission against the wall and settlements, told Al Jazeera:
The predawn operation raised fears among residents that the demolition would occur soon, but the Israeli forces left the area after they removed the shacks.
The Bedouin village is located in a strategic spot near Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and along a road leading to the Dead Sea.
The Israeli defense ministry body, which oversees civilian activities in the occupied Palestinian territories, said the five caravans had been pitched illegally over the past few days.
The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said:
It was referring to the 61 percent of the occupied West Bank where Israel exercises full civil as well as military authority.
Last week, Israel’s top court rejected petitions to prevent the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar, agreeing with Israeli authorities who said it was built without proper permits.
Palestinians say that the required building permits are impossible to obtain.
On Monday, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain issued a renewed call for Israel not to demolish the village, warning of the consequences for residents as well as the prospects of the two-state solution.
Source: Palestine Chronicle