Rights defender says Israel holding military exercises in inhabited Palestinian areas

JORDAN VALLEY, The Israeli army is holding military exercises in inhabited Palestinian areas in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley, today said Aref Daraghme, a human rights defender.

He told WAFA that the army started the exercises yesterday afternoon in Khirbet al-Shaq, Khirbet Samra and Khirbet Oheish in the northern Jordan Valley.

The army used heavy machinery in the exercises inside cultivated land and near the residential tents of local dwellers, he said, which places the lives and livelihood of people under threat.

Rights organizations have often accused the army of leaving behind explosives and other dangerous material that pose a threat to the lives of children and other civilians, in addition to destroying crops during the exercises.

They also accused Israel of using the military exercises as a pretext to drive Palestinians off their lands and homes.


Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

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