The Israeli occupation forces have demolished homes of two Palestinian families in the northern Jordan Valley on Thursday, leaving them homeless and vulnerable.
The families, who live in Hammamet Al-Maleh area, said that the Israeli forces arrived with bulldozers and razed their brick and tin houses to the ground without any prior notice or justification.
The houses belonged to the brothers Mohammed and Abdul Rahman Rashid, who have four residential rooms that they use as shelter for them and their 12 children.
“We have nowhere to go now. They destroyed everything we have. They want to force us out of our land and make room for their settlements,” Mohammed Rashid told reporters.
The northern Jordan Valley is part of the occupied West Bank, where Israel has been building and expanding illegal settlements on Palestinian land in violation of international law and UN resolutions.
The area is also subject to frequent Israeli military raids, demolitions, confiscations and evictions that aim to displace the indigenous Palestinian population and annex their land.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Israel demolished or seized 953 Palestinian-owned structures in 2022, displacing 996 people and affecting the livelihoods of 5,390 others.