JORDAN VALLEY, The Israeli army forced on Tuesday 16 Palestinian families to leave their homes in the village of Khirbet Humsa al-Fouqa in the Northern Jordan Valley under the pretext of conducting military drills in the area, according to Aref Daraghmeh, a human rights activist.
He said 103 Palestinian individuals were forced to leave their homes at six in the morning and will not be allowed back before eight at night during which Israeli army units will be conducting war games in the area.
Israeli human rights groups say the army uses the pretext of conducting military exercises in the Jordan Valley in order to force the Palestinian families living there to leave the area as part of an ethnic cleansing policy.
The army has ordered families in the Jordan Valley to leave their homes for military drills three times in the past two months.
Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency