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Palestinian Farmers blocked by Israeli Forces in Jordan Valley

Israeli occupation forces today prevented Palestinian farmers from working in their own lands in the village of Atouf, in the northern Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank, local source said.

Muataz Bsharat, an official in charge of monitoring Israeli colonial activities in the Jordan Valley, told WAFA that Israeli soldiers prevented the farmers from accessing their lands and seized two bulldozers belonging by two local residents.

Around 6,200 Palestinians live in 38 nomadic communities in the Jordan Valley in places earmarked for military use and have to obtain permission from the Israeli occupation authorities to enter and live in their communities.

In violation of international law, the Israeli military not only temporarily displaces the communities on a regular basis, but also confiscates their farmlands, demolishes their homes and infrastructure from time to time.