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Around 1,000 Palestinians living in the northern plaines of the occupied West Bank begain leaving homes

Around 1,000 Palestinians living in Bedouin areas of Al-Maleh in the northern plaines of the occupied West Bank begain leaving their homes and tents after receiving military order from the Israeli army informing them that the soldiers will be conducting drills in on their land.

Aref Daraghma, head of the village council of the Al-Maleh area and the Bedouin tribes stated that around 1,000 residents started leaving their land in order ro avoid harm and clashed with the soldiers who intended to remvoce them by force if they did not leave on their own.

Daraghma added that the residents fear that the Israeli military training will cause destruction of their lands and property, and that the soldiers would even prevent them from returning to their lands and homes.

“They are in a tough situation right now”, Daraghma stated, “They had to evict their structures, their tents, and had to leave the area”.

He further stated that the grazing area, inhabited by the shepherds, includes Wadi Al-Maleh, Ein Al-Hilwa, Al-Faw Valley, Al-Meeta, Al-Borj, and other villages.

This is not the first time Israel has performed such military drills on the Palestinians’ land. Last summer they forced dozens of families to leave their homes in order to conduct such drills thus forcing the families to find shelter in other areas until the drills were concluded.

Thousands of Palestinians have been displaced and repeatedly removed from the area since Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967. Israel also demolished dozens of entire villages inhabited by Bedouins and shepherds.

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