Israel Razes more Palestinian Properties

Israeli forces have demolished at least seven Palestinian structures in the eastern part of the occupied West Bank, bordering Jordan.

The troops also destroyed a number of shelters used to house cattle during the early morning operation in Abu Al-Ajaj, a small village in the Jordan Valley, a Press TV correspondent reported on Wednesday.

Witnesses say Israeli forces attacked the residents who tried to defend their properties and arrested several Palestinians. Israeli troops also killed 15 sheep belonging to the villagers.

The “Save the Jordan Valley” campaign described the attack on Abu Al-Ajaj village as “ethnic cleansing practiced before the very eyes of the whole world and international human rights institutions.”

Israeli authorities confiscated the village’s lands two weeks ago to expand an illegal Jewish settlement.

The Jordan Valley — a large strip of land which makes up at least a quarter of the occupied West Bank — is internationally recognized as part of the Palestinian land.

All settlements built in Israeli-occupied Palestinian land are deemed illegal under the international law.

Israel occupied the West Bank during the Six-day War in 1967.

Also on Wednesday, Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian house in the Al-Tur district of the occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem) despite a court order to halt the demolition.

Israeli authorities have been engaged in a regular demolition of the Palestinian houses in the occupied West Bank, East al-Quds in particular, claiming the buildings have been illegally constructed on public land.

Palestinians, on the other hand, complain that it is almost impossible for them to get permission for building on their own occupied land, especially in the illegally annexed East al-Quds.

Palestinians believe that the expansion of Jewish settlements on their occupied lands will make the establishment of a Palestinian statehood in the West Bank and Gaza Strip impossible.

(Press TV)

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