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