JORDAN VALLEY, Sunday, August 18, 2019 (WAFA) – Israeli occupation forces destroyed today a large water tank used for irrigation of farmlands near the village of Bardala, in the northern Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank.
Mutaz Besharat, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the Jordan Valley, told WAFA that Israeli army destroyed a 1000-cube water tank which was used by Palestinian villagers in the area for the irrigation of farmlands.
The Israeli army claimed that the tank was built without an Israeli permission, a pretext that Israel has used for years to prevent Palestinian development in the occupied Palestinian territories, including the Jordan Valley.
The valley, which is a fertile strip of land running west along the Jordan River, is home to about 65,000 Palestinians and makes up approximately 30% of the West Bank.
The Israel military has also designated about 46 percent of the Jordan Valley as a closed military zone since the beginning of the occupation in June 1967, and has been utilizing the pretext of military drills to forcefully displace Palestinian families living there as part of a policy of ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in the area.