Israeli Military Preparing to Demolish Palestinian Village

Israeli security forces dismantle a shack at the West Bank Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar Thursday Sept. 13 2018. Israeli forces have dismantled five corrugated metal shacks that had been set up by Palestinian activists protesting the anticipated

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

The community includes the only school for the Bedouin community in the area, a mosque and a healthcare center as well as several homes that are all at risk of demolition by Israel without being offered a settlement place.

"France reaffirms that the demolition of infrastructure and homes in the West Bank, a Palestinian occupied territory, are contrary to worldwide humanitarian law, and in particular the Fourth Geneva Convention, since they will result in the evacuation and forced transfer of populations, and the Security Council resolutions", the statement read.

Israel's military liaison agency with the Palestinians, COGAT, said on Twitter that five "movable structures that were illegally transported & installed" in the area had been taken down.

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.

The newly-built protest huts are near Khan Al Ahmar, a Bedouin village which has become a focus of Palestinian protests and worldwide concern.

Shacks which were erected by Palestinian activists to protest against Israel's plan to demolish the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, are removed by the Israeli army, in Khan al-Ahmar, in the occupied West Bank September 13, 2018.

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"The demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and the forcible transfer of its residents would constitute a grave breach of global humanitarian law", the resolution stated.

"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.

The judges also rejected the petitioners' request to delay Khan al-Ahmar's demolition until an alternative site is found for its residents.

On Wednesday, PLO Executive Committee Chairman Saeb Erekat said he had appealed to the International Court of Justice in The Hague to start proceedings against Israel for its intention to evacuate the illegal Bedouin enclave. Security forces were deployed to the village and construction workers began paving an access road that would facilitate the demolition and evacuation.

Israel's Supreme Court last week rejected a petition by village residents to halt the demolition.

The Supreme Court had authorised the demolition in May, since the homes were built without permits.

"They stayed on the outskirts of the village, an area where there were a few temporary structures that had been put up by activists in solidarity", Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett, reporting from Khan al-Ahmar, said.

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