Tubas (QNN)- The Israeli army on Tuesday razed an entire village in the Jordan Valley, demolishing 75 structures and displacing their residents.
11 families in the northern village of Khirbet Humsa in the Jordan Valley were displaced as a result of the operation.
Mu’taz Ibsharat, the PA official in charge of monitoring the apartheid wall and settlement in the northern Jordan Valley told QNN that the Israeli army “has carried out a demolition operation, which is the worst in the Jordan Valley in 12 years”.
The operation resulted in the displacement of 85 native Palestinians, including 35 children.
Israeli bulldozers also demolished sheds used as livestock enclosures, portable toilets, water containers and solar panels, on top of confiscating vehicles and tractors belonging to some of the residents.
Ibsharat added that the village has been announced a disaster area after the displacement of its residents, noting that the occupation state works on emptying area ‘C’ of native Palestinians in order to replace them with settlers.
In the same vein, Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh called on the international community to intervene against the Israeli attempt to “displace the citizens of Khirbet Humsa and tens of similar communities from their homes and lands”, pointing to the fact that Israel “chose this evening to commit another crime” as the attention is focused on the United States presidential election.
As the attention is focused on #USElection2020, Israel chose this evening to commit another crime/ cover it up: to demolish 70 Palestinian structures, incl. homes, in Khirbet Humsa al-Foqa in the northern Jordan Valley, displacing ~80 Palestinian citizens, incl. women/children.
— Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh د. محمد اشتية (@DrShtayyeh) November 3, 2020
Abdelghani Awada, left homeless by the operation, told the AFP news agency that the Israelis gave people “10 minutes to evacuate our homes”.
“Then, they started bulldozing,” he said.
He said his family had lived in the area for generations and accused the occupation state of trying to “empty the Jordan Valley of its Palestinian population”.
The occupation state has demolished over 506 houses this year with an unprecedented rate of demolition in the West Bank and Jerusalem.
While you were eagerly following the US elections, Israel has demolished an entire community’s residential compound, leaving 74 people, 41 of them minors, homeless. pic.twitter.com/7hA5AHdFn0
— B'Tselem בצלם بتسيلم (@btselem) November 4, 2020