Fears as Israel looks set to demolish Bedouin village

Bedouin village Abu Nawwar destroyed along West Bank; protests erupt in Khan al-Ahmar

Bedouin village Abu Nawwar destroyed along West Bank; protests erupt in Khan al-Ahmar

Residents of Khan al-Ahmar and protesters attempted to block construction equipment from advancing as it was moved into the area to pave an access road to facilitate the demolition of the encampment, with a number of people climbing onto a bulldozer.

Israeli policemen try to detain Palestinians in the Bedouin village of al-Khan al-Ahmar near Jericho in the occupied West Bank July 4, 2018.

Police said 11 protesters were arrested during the clashes, while the Palestinian Red Crescent said 35 protesters were injured during the demonstration at Khan al-Ahmar, a village east of Jerusalem.An Israeli border policeman looks on as he walks through tear gas fumes during clashes with Palestinian protesters near an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 10, 2017, following the U.S. president's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. According to Khan al-Ahmar residents, Bedouins who have been previously moved to the proposed location have warned them not to go there.

Israeli forces and military vehicles had surrounded the Khan al-Ahmar in the earlier morning hours on Wednesday.

Although global humanitarian law prohibits the demolition of the village and illegal confiscation of private property, Israeli forces continue their planned expansion by forcing evictions and violating basic human rights of the people.

In Abu Nawwar, the B'Tselem rights group told the Times of Israel that 62 people, half of them minors, were left homeless.

Critics say it is almost impossible to get a building permit from Israel and that the village's demolition and the removal of its 180 or so residents is a ploy to clear the way for new Israeli settlements. Police said in a statement that 11 people were arrested during disturbances at the site, some for throwing rocks at officers.

Last year Israeli authorities informed the High Court that they plan to seize the land where the community is located and displace its residents, although the land is registered as owned by Palestinian citizens from the nearby town of Anata.

"The fact that Israel wants to demolish an entire village where its residents have been residing for fifty years for the sole objective of expanding the illegal West Bank settlement of Kfar Adumim is outrageous and inhumane".

At least 181 people live in Khan al-Ahmar.

"We have been living here since 1951". "It is impossible for us to leave this place". Now they are facing a second forced relocation.

Khan al-Ahmar is mainly made up of makeshift tin and wood structures, as is traditionally the case with Bedouin villages.

Britain's minister of state for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, visited the village in May and called on the Israeli government to show restraint.

Forcible transfer is considered a violation of the Geneva Conventions.

France also slammed Israel's plans for the Palestinian community.

Khan al-Ahmar is located east of Jerusalem near several major Israeli settlement blocs and close to a highway leading to the Dead Sea.

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