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Israeli forces injure and arrest activists while evacuating a Jordan Valley village

Israeli army forces have injured and arrested tens of Palestinian activists on Friday following a raid on the Ein Hejleh village in the southern Jordan Valley.

The Palestinian and international activists said Israeli forces stormed the village after midnight; using sound and smoke bombs and attacked activists and journalists who were covering the Israeli aggression. Several young men were injured and an unknown number were arrested.

The activists set up their encampment on Friday to defend the Ein Hejleh village which Israel had threatened to evacuate and seize.

According to local radio stations; the Israeli forces attacked the nearly 300 to 500 activists and forced them to evacuate the village. Activists said that Israeli forces emptied the village and declared it a closed military area.

Almost two year ago Palestinian activists began to establish villages of tents on land threatened with confiscation; but Israeli forces demolish them and evacuate the protesters by force.

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