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PA calls on ICC to stop demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar

Just before dawn, Israeli forces conducted raid on the Bedouin Palestinian village of Khan Al-Ahmar and demolished five new structures

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry yesterday demanded the International Criminal Court (ICC) expedite the opening of an investigation into Israel's decision to demolish the Khan Al-Ahmar Bedouin village in occupied East Jerusalem.

On Monday the ministry filed a complaint with the ICC over an Israeli court ruling the impending danger facing the Khan Ahmar Bedouin village after the Israeli Supreme Court rejected a petition filed last week by village residents to stop the demolition orders.

The foreign ministry said in a statement yesterday that it called on ICC prosecutors to meet with Palestinians from Khan Al-Ahmar.

The European Parliament passed a resolution yesterday describing the Israeli decision to demolish Khan Al-Ahmar and evicting its residents a violation of international humanitarian law.

Khan Al-Ahmar is home to Al-Jahhalin Bedouins, refugees from the Negev desert who have lived in the area since their displacement by the Israeli army inĀ 1967. Israel has refused to recognise Al-Jahhalin Bedouin communities or grant them building permits, a strategy often used by Israel to term any Bedouin home illegal.

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