Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) forced on Sunday nine Palestinian families to temporarily evacuate their homes in the northern Al-Aghwar area in the eastern side of occupied West Bank, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported today.
The occupation authorities claimed the orders came following plans by the Israeli army to start military drills in the Jordan Valley region.
Moataz Basharat, a senior official who monitors Israeli settlement activities, told Wafa on Sunday that the Israeli Civil Administration notified nine Palestinian families in the Ras Al-Ahmar area northeast of Tubas to evacuate their homes staring Wednesday until end of Thursday, in preparation for military exercises that are scheduled take place in the area.
The Israeli forces have announced earlier that a series of military drills would take place in several areas of the occupied West Bank starting from Sunday to Thursday this week.
Basharat added that the families, who were handed notices from the occupation authorities, include 43 persons, majority of whom are women and children.
International human rights groups consider the continuation of the occupation forces to target Palestinian families in the Jordan Valley region, either through demolition or eviction, as part of a plan to fully control an area which Israel sees as a vital and strategic area on both the agricultural and military levels.