HEBRON, January 05, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli army Tuesday notified two Palestinians to remove water tanks used for agriculture purposes in their lands in Thughrit al-Shabak area, north of Beit Ummar in Hebron.
Mohammad Awad, spokesperson of the anti-settlement popular committee in Beit Ummar, informed WAFA that Israeli forces raided Thughrit al-Shabak area and handed over two notifications to Khaled and Ghassan Barghith to remove water tanks used for planting.
Meanwhile, Israeli forces placed road blocks in the valley of al-Sheikh, adjacent to the Jerusalem-Hebron Street, hindering the movement of passers-by in this area.
The destruction and removal of agricultural water facilities by Israeli army are far from uncommon and are not confined to one particular area of the West Bank
Amnesty International stated in 2008, Israeli soldiers demolished nine rainwater harvesting cisterns north-west of Hebron. Each cistern intended to provide water for a plot of 10 – 12 dunums as part of an agricultural project to improve food security that was funded by the European Union (EU).
In 2009 the army delivered 10 orders to villagers in al-Khader, near Bethlehem, for the demolition of four rainwater harvesting cisterns. Other cisterns in the village also have pending demolition orders.
On November 2015, Israeli bulldozers destroyed a water tank and artesian wells, along with a set of agricultural equipment, in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, according to the Palestinian Information Center.