Raneen Sawafta / Reuters
Israeli authorities destroyed a rural Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, residents and rights advocates said.
More than 70 structures have been destroyed, the largest single demolition in the past decade and the largest forced displacement by Palestinians in the West Bank in over four years, the United Nations said. know. The statement says 73 people – including 41 children – live in the so-called “herding community”.
Yasser Abu al-Kbash, a resident, told NPR: “I’m 99% sure this is taking advantage of the US election… there are no journalists around.
The 48-year-old shepherd says he has lived there all his life. “They leveled everything up,” he said.
Israel gives lower figures for destroyed structures.
Khirbet Humsah, also known as Humsah Al Bqai’a, is a small community in tents and shack located in the Jordan Valley, the agricultural land of the West Bank for which the Palestinians demanded a future state. Israel’s leaders have spoken about seeking to permanently control the area because of its strategic value as it borders Jordan.
“A destruction of this scale is extremely rare,” said Amit Gilutz of Btselem, an Israeli human rights group that documents and opposes Israeli policies towards the Palestinians. “Everyone’s attention is directed elsewhere.”
The demolition of smaller Palestinian structures is frequent. This year, Israel broke a four-year record for the number of Palestinians they have to emigrate by destroying their homes, Gilutz said.
He said: The village’s tents, shack, sheep sheds and forage were destroyed, as well as portable toilets and a solar panel by the UK, Sweden and EU countries. sponsor.
Israel’s Defense Ministry Agency that oversees Palestinian civil affairs, Coordinates Government activities on territories, says the government has demolished 7 tents and eight illegally built barns. in a military shooting range. It did not return a request for comment about uptime on Tuesday.
The Israeli agency said in a statement: “The enforcement has been carried out according to the agencies and procedures, and can be considered in operation”.
Abu al-Kbash said the area was used for agriculture and was rarely used by Israel for military exercises.
A Palestinian aid group has provided tents as temporary shelters for displaced residents, but al-Kbash says they are not enough for the village’s families, including children. He said villagers are currently sleeping on the rubble of their destroyed tents.
“Our beds are the ground. Our roof is the sky,” he said. “We hope people will come and see our situation. They will find that Israel is pretending to be a compassionate country that is chasing us.”