Israeli Army Drills Damage Land near Nablus

NABLUS, May 3, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli army Sunday conducted military drills using live ammunition near the village of Khirbet at-Tawil, east of Nablus, causing damage to hundreds of dunums of Palestinian-owned land, according to local sources.

Khirbet at-Tawil has been a frequent target for Israeli violations, including property demolitions; Israeli forces have delivered many demolition and eviction orders to locals and demolished many houses, including tents and basic tin structures, barns and water wells.

According to a local study, Israeli forces aim in reality to “displace the hundreds of citizens living in Khirbet al- Tawil under the pretext that the village is located within Area C and is situated within an Israeli military zone used for the training of the Israeli army.”

World Bulletin news reported that, “The Israeli army usually conducts drills in the occupied West Bank, especially in the Jordan Valley, which is often accompanied by the forced displacement of dozens of local Palestinian families due to the proximity of their homes to the training sites.”

“Palestinians often worry about unexploded ordnance left behind by the Israeli army after the drills, which have led to the death of many Palestinians, including children, over the past years,” it said.