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Israeli forces leave Bethlehem village following military drill
Published Tuesday 17/12/2013 (updated) 23/12/2013 16:32
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces vacated the Bethlehem village of Arab al-Rashayida on Tuesday after conducting military drills in the area for several hours, locals said.

Fawaz al-Rashayida, head of the local village council, told Ma'an that 5,000 heavily armed Israeli soldiers arrived in the village at dawn on Tuesday.

Locals are used to Israeli forces performing drills on the outskirts of Arab al-Rashayida, but this is the first time they have raided homes and local institutions in the village, Fawaz al-Rashayida said.

The drills, which took place in between residential homes, caused damage to the village's water grid, he added.

Israeli forces also issued demolition orders for six properties belonging to Ali Awda Mohammad Rashayid.

The population of Arab al-Rashayida is around 2,000 and the majority of residents live in cement houses, while others live in tents and dwellings made of steel and tin.

On Monday afternoon, Israeli forces deployed in a nature reserve east of Arab al-Rashayida known locally as al-Muteirda, displacing nearby families and declaring it a "closed military zone."

During military drills, Israeli forces can enter Palestinian homes and involve Palestinian civilians in their operations without warning them that the raids are mere practice.

In November, Israeli human rights group Yesh Din said Israeli troops had been using a Muslim cemetery in Hebron as a location for military drills and practice.

Approximately 18 percent of the West Bank has been designated as a closed military zone for training, or "firing zone," which is roughly the same amount of the West Bank under full Palestinian Authority control.

Over 5,000 Palestinians reside in the firing zones in 38 communities.
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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
17/12/2013 23:55
The real point of these exercises, of course, is to terrorize the Palestinian population.

2 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
18/12/2013 01:17
There is no valid reason not to sue for monetary damages for things they broke and for emotional trauma caused. That is what they would have to pay for if they did it inside an Israeli town. Lots of lawyers need work and could do it for a percentage of the emotional trauma compensation which should be worth hundreds of millions NIS. The damage is done out of spite.

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
19/12/2013 04:32
Surely some doughty Zionist is going to turn up to attempt to defend the indefensible (as usual)?

4 ) gabi / australia
20/12/2013 02:43
come on, you Zionist-apologists, speak up. Brian? Tibi? Johnny? No? Surely you can think of something justifying this . . .?
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