W. Bank: Israel evicts Beduin villagers for IDF exercise

April 29, 2013 21:20

IDF soldiers evicted several hundred Beduins from a village in the West Bank on Monday after the army declared the area a live-fire training zone.

The residents of Wadi al-Maleh, a village mostly inhabited by shepherds in the arid area bordering Jordan, had almost all left their homes by an evening curfew and retreated to neighboring villages, Aref Daraghmeh, a local leader told Reuters.

The displacement coincided with several demolitions of Arab properties in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, which come as the United States is trying to revive stalled peace.

In January, villagers received a similar eviction order and left without resisting, only to return after 48 hours. Almost all of their 90 buildings, including shelters for their animals, were demolished in 2010, local rights groups said.

IDF troops prevented outsiders, including journalists, from accessing the area saying it was a "closed military zone". The IDF did not respond to a request for comment.

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