More demolitions this morning in the Jordan Valley and Ma’ale Adumim Area
Since this morning (Thurs. 7 April 2016), Civil Administration and military forces have been demolishing structures in several West Bank communities. In Khirbet Tana, in the Jordan Valley, the forces are demolishing structures for the fourth time in two months. Civil Administration and military forces are also demolishing structures in the following communities: Khan al-Ahmar School, Abu Falah, al-Mehtiwish and Bir al-Maskub in Area E1 and the Ma’ale Adumim area. B’Tselem will post further details about these demolitions later.
Yesterday, 6 April 2016, Civil Administration and military forces arrived at the community of Um al-Kheir in the South Hebron Hills, near where the settlement of Carmel was built. The forces destroyed six dwellings occupied by six families with 34 members, including 19 minors. Three of the six structures had been donated by European aid agencies.
Two days earlier, on 4 April 2016, Civil Administration and military forces arrived at the Wadi al-Qalt area, east of Jericho, and demolished structures belonging to a shepherding community that lives in the area. The forces demolished two huts used as dwellings and two sheep pens belonging to a single family with nine members, including seven minors. This family was also a victim of the previous demolition carried out by the Civil Administration in the area on 3 March 2016, when seven structures were demolished.
These demolitions are part of a demolition campaign launched by the Israeli authorities in early 2016. From January through 6 April 2016, the authorities demolished 128 dwellings and 138 other structures in vulnerable communities. These demolitions have rendered homeless 510 people, including 275 minors.
Structure demolished by the authorities in Wadi al-Qalt. Photo: Mus'ab 'Abbas, B’Tselem, 4 April 2016.