Israeli occupation forces have destroyed the water network that supplies the village of Meriha, south of Jenin. The destruction took place while the Israelis were using bulldozers to block roads used by farmers and other local people in the area, especially the residents of Ya'bad.
The head of Ya'bad local council, Samer Abu Bakr, told the local media that the bulldozers destroyed the main water pipeline supplying Meriha's 500 residents with fresh water. Abu Bakr pointed out that the pipeline is maintained by his municipality and its destruction has left Meriha's villagers without water.
He noted out that the Israeli occupation forces are very aggressive against the town and its residents: "They occupy homes, establish check points, close roads and destroy the infrastructure." Bulldozers protected by Israeli soldiers have closed minor roads leading into the town, as well as the Western entrances to Meriha and Tulkarem, he added.
Israel prevents Palestinian farmers from getting to their fields on the plains of Ya'bad and Arrabe on the pretext that stones are thrown at illegal settlers and their cars. The settlement of Mevo Dotan is in the same area. All of Israel's settlement-colonies are illegal under international law.
Source: Palestinian Information Centre