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Israel supplies water to outlawed outpost in the Jordan Valley

Image of a water waste treatment plant in Irbid, Jordan on 17 February 2017 [Salah Mansour/Twitter]
Image of a water waste treatment plant in Irbid, Jordan on 17 February 2017 [Salah Mansour/Twitter]

The Israeli army is supplying an illegal settlement outpost in the northern Jordan Valley with water, in spite of government orders to stop construction on the site, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported.

A spokesman for the Israeli Coordinator for Government Affairs claimed that an order was issued to stop construction works however, the outpost was established soon after and has been expanding at the expense of Palestinian land, the paper reported.

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Israeli authorities have installed several water tanks and solar panels in the outpost and planted dozens of trees.

Activists from the leftist Machsom Watch group said a water pipeline was seen between the settlement outpost and the army camp near Umm Zuqa which supplies the settlement with water.

The Israeli army denied providing the outpost with water claiming the settlers have connected the water pipeline to the camp’s water network illegally, without the knowledge or approval of the army.

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