Pales­tinian pro­test­ers clash with Is­raeli forces over West Bank Be­douin vil­lage de­mo­li­tion

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WEST BANK: Clashes have bro­ken out be­tween Is­raeli mil­i­tary forces and a group of Pales­tinian pro­test­ers over the de­mo­li­tion of a Be­douin vil­lage in the oc­cu­pied West Bank as the Tel Aviv regime presses ahead with its land ex­pro­pri­a­tion poli­cies in the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries ir­re­spec­tive of great in­ter­na­tional out­cry.

On Fri­day, dozens of pro­test­ers and res­i­dents of Khan al-Ah­mar vil­lage came to­gether to ex­press their deep re­sent­ment over the Is­raeli regime’s move.

Video footage broad­cast by a num­ber of Pales­tinian news agen­cies show Is­raeli troops scuf­fling with the pro­test­ers and even in some cases push­ing them ag­gres­sively away.

In one scene, Is­raeli forces are seen vi­o­lently drag­ging a Pales­tinian man on the ground.

Last week, the Is­raeli High Court ap­proved plans for the de­mo­li­tion of Khan al-Ah­mar vil­lage. It could be razed within the com­ing days.

Is­raeli of­fi­cials al­lege that Pales­tinian struc­tures there have been built with­out the rel­e­vant build­ing per­mits and pose a threat to res­i­dents be­cause of their prox­im­ity to a high­way.

Crit­ics, on the other hand, main­tain that build­ing per­mits are nearly im­pos­si­ble to ob­tain for Pales­tini­ans in Is­raeli-con­trolled ar­eas of theWest Bank and the de­mo­li­tion is meant to clear the way for new set­tle­ments.

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