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Israel demolishes recently built 'Wadi al-Ahmar' village

16 September 2018

The European Parliament said Thursday Israel's decision to raze a Bedouin village in the West Bank constituted a grave violation of worldwide law, amid a growing global outcry over the fate of the site.

There have been repeated warnings that persistent Israeli settlement expansion in the area could effectively cut the West Bank in two, further damaging the prospects for a viable Palestinian state.

"They prevented access to anyone else as they demolished those structures and took them away", he said.

It stated that "the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and the forcible transfer of its residents would constitute a grave breach of global humanitarian law".

Parliamentarians called on the European Union to more strenuously object to the demolition, including insisting on compensation of the loss of EU-funded structures in Khan al-Ahmar and other such herding villages.

The resolution recalled "that Israel bears full responsibility for providing the necessary services, including education, healthcare and welfare, for the people living under its occupation, in line with the Fourth Geneva Convention".

On Tuesday, UN Mideast envoy Nickolay Mladenov warned that demolition of the village would impact peace efforts.

KHAN AL-AHMAR, Palestinian Territories - Israeli border police removed caravans on Thursday from near a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank, which they have orders to demolish despite worldwide criticism, officials said.

Khan al-Ahmar is located eight kilometers from Jerusalem al-Quds between the Israeli settlements of Ma'ale Adumim and Kfar Adumim, which Tel Aviv wants to expand.

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The Palestinian Authority (PA) condemned the Israeli court's "illegal" decision, saying it was meant to isolate Israeli-occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal last week to halt the demolition.

"Ten EU Member States are supporting humanitarian programs in Khan al-Ahmar, including the construction of a primary school, and an estimated 315,000 euros worth of EU-funded humanitarian assistance is now at risk", the resolution stated.

The judges also rejected the petitioners' request to delay Khan al-Ahmar's demolition until an alternative site is found for its residents.

Right-wing Israeli politicians who support the demolition hold that the Bedouin community is part of a strategic Palestinian Authority plan to seize hold of critical land in Area C.

In the beginning of that month, the state had begun its preparations to raze the hamlet, where none of the structures have been granted permits.

The Supreme Court had authorised the demolition in May, since the homes were built without permits.

Reuters witnesses said Israeli forces arrived at the village before sunrise on Thursday and began taking down the newly built protest huts, without touching the Bedouin encampment, the fate of which has become a focus of Palestinian protests and global concern.

Israel demolishes recently built 'Wadi al-Ahmar' village