Israeli Forces Conduct Military Drills Southwest of Jenin

JENIN, June 23, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Tuesday conducted military trainings using live ammunition to the southwest of Jenin, according to security sources.

They informed WAFA that forces conducted military training maneuvers near a military checkpoint placed at the entrance of the village of Barta’a Ash-Sharqiyeh, hampering residents’ movements and spreading a state of fear and panic among residents living nearby, particularly children.

The Israeli army usually conducts drills in the occupied West Bank, especially in the Jordan Valley, after forcefully displacing dozens of local Palestinian families due to the proximity of their homes to the training sites.

Palestinians living in these areas have to also 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.

In 2014, three Palestinians were killed by unexploded ordnance left by Israeli forces in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley, while Gaza remains plagued with unexploded ordnance following the most recent Israeli aggression.

In May 2014, a senior Israeli commander admitted that training exercises in the occupied West Bank involve live fire and are used to drive local Palestinian residents off their land.

Israeli Colonel Einav Shalev, an operations officer in the Israeli military’s central command, admitted using the tactic during a subcommittee meeting of Israel’s parliament in April 2014.

The revelation was a rare official acknowledgement of a measure that critics have long decried as part of a deliberate policy by the Israeli authorities to force Palestinians out of their land.