Palestinians attack police before evacuation of illegal Bedouin village

Demonstrators waving Palestinian flags try to prevent a bulldozer from passing through in the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar east of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank

Bedouin village Abu Nawwar destroyed along West Bank; protests erupt in Khan al-Ahmar

Scuffles broke out Wednesday between Israeli authorities and protesters who fear preparations are underway to raze a Bedouin village in a strategic part of the occupied West Bank, despite worldwide calls for a reprieve.

Most countries regard settlements Israel has built in the West Bank as illegal.

"Such actions are contrary to global law and undermine the two-state solution", he said in a statement.

The Israeli authorities give the green light for setting up hundreds of Israeli settlements, in a flagrant violation of worldwide law, the statement noted.

"This should not be happening and need not be happening", added Burt.

At Khan al-Ahmar, several dozen Palestinians scuffled with Israeli police, who punched several of the men they dragged away.

Israel forces arrived this morning to two Palestinian-Bedouin villages and began razing buildings in preparation for taking over the land, alarming human rights groups who say such a move would effectively cut the West Bank into two.

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"These demolitions, together with plans for new settlement construction for Israelis in the same area, exacerbate threats to the viability of the two-state solution and further undermine prospects for a lasting peace", it said. A 1998 United Nations reportcondemned "the manner in which the Government of Israel has housed these families in steel container vans in a garbage dump in Abu Dis in subhuman living conditions". "France, in conjunction with its European partners, will continue to keep a close eye on the issue".

On Wednesday, Israeli forces demolished illegally built structures in the nearby Bedouin village of Abu Nuwar.

"These demolitions are particularly outrageous because they target communities who already live in extremely hard conditions, with high levels of humanitarian needs", he said.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, at least 35 Palestinians were wounded, including four who were hospitalised, during the events which took place on Wednesday at the Khan al-Ahmar village.

But the new site is adjacent to a landfill, and rights advocates say that a forcible transfer of the residents would violate global law applying to occupied territory.

"The fact that Israel wants to demolish an entire village where its residents have been residing for fifty years for the sole objective of expanding the illegal West Bank settlement of Kfar Adumim is outrageous and inhumane", she said.

Israeli police and army officials showed up in the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar with bulldozers and other heavy equipment for the second day in a row on Thursday, preparing for the impending destruction and forcible displacement of the entire village.

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