Israel demolishes huts, moves forward with Khan al-Ahmar "colonial project"

Palestinian activists have protested against the planned demolition of Khan al Ahmar village

Palestinian activists have protested against the planned demolition of Khan al Ahmar village

Israel says Khan al-Ahmar was illegally built and in an unsafe location near a major highway.

The United Nations urged Israel not to demolish the village, home to 180 Palestinians, adding that the planned move violates global law.

Israeli forces have "illegally" demolished several shacks built by Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank on Thursday.

The sensitive zone is part of the West Bank's "Area C", which makes up some 60 percent of West Bank territory and over which Israel has administrative control according to the terms of the 1995 Oslo accords.

About 200 soldiers converged on the encampment near Khan Al Ahmar before dawn, dismantled the shacks and carried them away in lorries, protest leader Abdullah Abu Rahmeh told Associated Press.

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"Israel bears full responsibility for providing the necessary services, including education, healthcare and welfare, for the people living under its occupation, in line with the Fourth Geneva Convention", the resolution stated.

It stated that "the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and the forcible transfer of its residents would constitute a grave breach of worldwide humanitarian law".

Any subsequent forcible transfer of the Khan Al-Ahmar Bedouin will constitute a war crime under Article 8 of the Statute of the International Criminal Court.

"The consequences a demolition and displacement would have on the residents of this community, including their children, as well as on the prospects of the two-state solution would be very serious", the statement said.

Israel on Thursday razed a symbolic "village" in East Jerusalem erected earlier by Palestinian activists to protest an Israeli plan to demolish Khan al-Ahmar, a nearby Bedouin hamlet.

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Khan al-Ahmar at nighttime, September 13, 2018.

But the villagers - who have lived at the site, then in controlled Jordan, since the 1950s, after the state evicted them from their Negev homes - argue that they had little alternative but to build without Israeli construction permits, as such permits are nearly never issued to Palestinians for building in places in Area C of the West Bank, such as Khan al-Ahmar, where Israel has full control over civilian affairs.

Israeli forces removed shacks close to Khan al-Ahmar village [Mussa Qawasma/Reuters] "At 5am [local time] this morning Israeli forces moved in". The residents have rejected all alternatives offered to them.

Assaf stressed on the importance of the presence of residents in the village to protect their homes and lands from being taken by Israel as part of a plan for the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements.

Last week, the High Court of Justice rejected the petition filed by residents of the Bedouin shantytown, which had been built on state land without permits.

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