Israel Seizes Tents Provided to Shelter Displaced Jiftlik Families

JERUSALEM, January 13, 2014 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities seized Monday tents provided to shelter Jiftlik families whose homes the army demolished last week, according to an alert on the Facebook page of a UN agency.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territories, OCHA, said on its Facebook page that the army confiscated the tents provided as an emergency response to the Bani Manieh families from Jiftlik, in the Jericho district.

The Israeli army destroyed on Wednesday all 13 residential and livelihood structures belonging to three families of the Bani Manieh community displacing 26 people, including 15 children.

The army claimed the area was a military training zone.

Israel is trying to empty the Jordan Valley of its Palestinian Arab citizens while it attempts to keep control over that area, which makes up 29 percent of the West Bank, in any future peace deal with the Palestinians.

The Palestinians refuse to allow any Israeli presence in the Jordan Valley and say this land is important for their economy and statehood.