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Israeli forces start demolishing protest caravans around Bedouin community

Israeli security forces arrive to the West Bank Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar Thursday Sept. 13 2018. Israeli forces have dismantled five corrugated metal shacks that had been set up by Palestinian activists protesting the anticipated razing of Israel demolishes huts, moves forward with Khan al-Ahmar "colonial project"
Steven Clarke | 16 September, 2018, 01:12

Khan Al Ahmar is in the 60 per cent of the West Bank known as Area C, which remains under exclusive Israeli control and is home to dozens of Israeli settlements.

The United Nations urged Israel not to demolish the village, home to 180 Palestinians, adding that the planned move violates global law.

Eyewitnesses said Israeli forces arrived at the village in the illegally occupied West Bank 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.

It was referring to the 61 percent of the West Bank where Israel exercises full civil as well as military authority.

Israel says Khan al-Ahmar was illegally built and has offered to resettle residents 12 kilometers (7 miles) away.

Critics say its removal is meant to make room for an Israeli settlement.

The resolution also said the razing of Khan al-Ahmar would set a "negative precedent" for other Bedouin communities facing demolition in the West Bank.

The structures that were demolished on Thursday were located between Khan al-Ahmar and the nearby Jewish settlement of Kfar Adumim.

However, evictions from Khan el-Ahmar - authorized in a definitive manner by the Israeli Supreme Court - has not yet begun.

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Israeli troops destroyed several shacks placed by protestors near the Palestinian village of Khan al Ahmar, set to be demolished, despite global criticism, in the coming days.

On Wednesday, PLO Executive Committee Chairman Saeb Erekat said he had appealed to the International Court of Justice in The Hague to start proceedings against Israel for its intention to evacuate the illegal Bedouin enclave.

Khan al-Ahmar's demolition had already been approved by the court in May, which the judges noted in their decision last week.

Assaf stressed on the importance of the presence of residents in the village to protect their homes and lands from being taken by Israel as part of a plan for the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements.

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.

Israel's Supreme Court last week rejected a petition by village residents to halt the demolition.

Also Thursday, the European Parliament voted 320-277 to approve a resolution against Israel, calling for the government to provide monetary compensation for financial losses if Khan al-Ahmar is demolished.

The state says the structures, mostly makeshift shacks and tents, were built without permits and pose a threat to the village residents due to their proximity to a highway.

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