Israeli forces destroy European-funded water pipeline in Jordan Valley


The Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday morning destroyed a pipeline supplying water to Palestinian Bedouin communities to the east of Tubas, in the northern Jordan Valley.

Speaking with a PIC news correspondent, Palestinian resident of Tubas Hassan Bani Awda said the occupation bulldozers destroyed an 11-kilometer pipeline supplying the villages of al-Ras al-Ahmar, al-Hadidiya, Makhul, and Humsa al-Fouka with much-needed water.

The pipeline has reportedly been funded by an international European NGO.

Head of al-Malih Village Council and the Bedouin Communities in the Jordan Valley, Aref Daraghma, said water pipelines, agricultural structures, and residential makeshift tents have been subjected to destruction by the Israeli occupation forces on a quasi-daily basis.

He added that such moves make part of an ethnic cleansing scheme aiming to force Palestinians out of the area in favor of illegal settlement expansion.

The Jordan Valley has long been a strategic area of land grab by the occupation authorities following Israel’s occupation of the territory in 1967.

Demolitions of Palestinian infrastructure and residential tents occur frequently in the area, with Bedouin and herding communities being particularly vulnerable to such policies.

(Source / 11.01.2017)


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