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Israeli Army Orders 300 Bedouin to Evacuate Village Near West Bank Settlement

Bedouin in the northern Jordan Valley. The Israeli army issued evacuation orders to some 600 Bedouin in the West Bank on November 1, 2017. Credit: Emil Salman

IDF order affects some 60 families in Jabal al-Baba and follows similar move earlier this week to evacuate Bedouin sites in northern Jordan Valley

 | Nov 18, 2017 3:06 AM

The Israeli army on Thursday ordered some 300 Bedouin to evacuate their homes in a village near the West Bank settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim.

The Bedouin are all from the Jahalin tribe and say their tribe has been living in the area around Jabal al-Baba since being expelled from the Negev in 1948.

The evacuation orders issued by the Israel Defense Forces require the Bedouin to move from the village ahead of the demolition of the camp’s structures. However, the order is a preliminary stage in the demolition process and is not expected to be carried out any time soon.

Aerial photographs accompanying the evacuation orders show that most of the illegal structures in the encampment – a few dozen buildings in total – are all temporary structures.

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