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Israel orders five Palestinian families to evict homes to conduct drills

HEBRON, Sunday, January 31, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli occupation forces ordered five Bedouin families in Masafer Yatta area to the south of Hebron to temporarily evict their homes to make way for military training exercises, according to a local activist.

Coordinator of the Anti-Wall and Settlement Committees Rateb al-Jabour said Israeli forces handed five Palestinian families notices ordering them to temporarily evict the area and to remove their residential tents so that the army can conduct military drills there.

“It is extremely difficult for whole families, including children, to be evacuated on such short notice. With no properly arranged place to stay, they must find a way to ensure shelter, food and drink away from home in the intense, grueling heat of the Jordan Valley,” said B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights center in a report on army eviction of families for exercise reasons.

“The frequent evacuations force residents to put their lives on hold. They evoke fear and uncertainty and involve a great deal of inconvenience,” it had said.

Palestinians living in these areas have to also worry about left behind ammunition and bombs, which have led to the death of many Palestinians, including children, over the past years.

T.R.

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