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Israeli Occupation Army Burns Palestinian Jordan Valley Grazing Fields

 May 14, 2011

[ 14/05/2011 - 09:55 AM ]


The Israeli occupation army has burnt hundreds of dunums of rangeland in the Jordan Valley during military training exercises in the area.

Military training in the Malih area in the northern Jordan Valley led to the burning of hundreds of dunums of pastoral land, locals reported, adding that the military used heavy equipment and fired several artillery shells.

Separately, Palestinian farmers in the region have reported that local settlers let loose herds of wild pigs to get rid of the remaining pastoral and agricultural land in the area.

The Israeli occupation army has declared the vast Jordan valley a closed military zone. The valley is home to some 15,000 Bedouin Arabs.

In a separate incident on Friday morning, the Israeli army fired indiscriminately east of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, amid excavations and land leveling works.

Five military vehicles infiltrated 300 meters east of Al-Qarara and began combing and excavating area amid heavy fire from automatic weapons without report of injury.

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