Four Palestinian families ordered out of their homes for Israeli military drill

TUBAS, Israeli forces Monday forced four Palestinian families to leave their residential tents in Khirbet Yarza community, east of Tubas in the Jordan Valley, to make way for military training in the area, said a local activist.

Aref Daraghmeh, who monitors Israeli violations in the Jordan Valley, said Israeli soldiers forced four families to leave their tents until 6:00 AM on Tuesday to make way for military maneuvers in the area.

The activist noted that the livestock were left in their barns, expressing concern that such drills might threaten their safety.

Only last week, the four families were evicted from their homes for three days during specific times under military training pretext.

The army usually conducts drills in the occupied West Bank, especially in the Jordan Valley; Palestinian families often receive notices ordering them to leave their homes for various periods until the drills are over.

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.

Palestinians living in these areas have to also worry about unexploded ordnance left behind by the Israeli army after the drills, which have led to the death of many Palestinians, including children, over the past years.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

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