[News] Israel destroys pipelines providing water to village in Jordan Valley

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Thu Apr 27 11:02:49 EDT 2017


  Israel destroys pipelines providing water to village in Jordan Valley

April 27, 2017 - http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=776708

NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers destroyed all the water pipelines 
providing services to the village of Bardala on Thursday morning in the 
northern occupied West Bank district of Tubas.

Mutaz Bisharat, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity 
in the Jordan Valley, told Ma’an that four Israeli bulldozers, escorted 
by Israeli military jeeps and officials from Israel’s Civil 
Administration, destroyed all the main lines providing Bardala with 
water, leaving some 3,500 residents of the village without access to any 
water.

Bisharat added that Israeli forces claimed that residents in the village 
were stealing the water through the lines in order to use the water for 
agriculture and farming. But Bisharat rejected the accusation.

Israel does not provide Palestinians with enough water, Bisharat said, 
and the Israeli government has aimed to expel Palestinians from their 
homes using such allegations against the community.

A spokesperson for COGAT, the agency responsible for implementing 
Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory, was not 
immediately available for comment.

Earlier this year, Israeli forces destroyed a water pipeline 
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=775564> running between the 
Bedouin communities of al-Hadidiya and al-Ras al-Ahmar in the northern 
Jordan Valley, east of the Tubas district.

Amnesty International estimates that up to 200,000 Palestinians in the 
West Bank do not have access to running water.

Meanwhile, just half of Palestinian proposals for wells and improvement 
projects to the water network were approved by Israel between 1995 and 
2008, compared to a 100 percent approval rate for Israeli projects, 
according to Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq.

As a result, demolitions of Palestinian infrastructure and residences 
occur frequently in areas fully controlled by the Israeli military, 
known as Area C, which makes up 88 percent of the Jordan Valley.
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