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Israel sets October deadline to evacuate Bedouin village in West Bank

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Israel sets October deadline to evacuate Bedouin village in West Bank

Israel sets October deadline to evacuate Bedouin village in West Bank

Israel on Sunday told residents of Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank slated for demolition, to clear their houses by Oct.

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David Doyle reports.

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Israel sets October deadline to evacuate Bedouin village in West Bank

The 180 people of this village in the occupied West Bank have just got a letter from Israel's security forces, take down your homes by October 1, or authorities will enforce demolition orders.

This is the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar.

It's been at the centre of controversy for many months and its residents remain defiant.

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RESIDENT OF KHAN AL-AHMAR, AHMAD HASSAN, SAYING: "We will not leave this place unless by force and hopefully we will not leave.

Even if they demolish we will rebuild, even if they demolish once and twice we will rebuild." No date had been set for demolition should the houses remain after the deadline, according to a spokeswoman for Israel's military liaison agency with the Palestinians.

The village consists of tin and wood shacks built on a desert hillside beside an Israeli highway that runs from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea.

Israel plans to relocate the Bedouins, who scrape a living raising sheep and goats, to a site seven miles away.

The move has drawn criticism from Palestinians and some European states, who cite the impact on the community and prospects for peace.

Palestinians say the demolition is part of an Israeli push to create an arc of settlements that would effectively cut off East Jerusalem from the West Bank - the territories Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war, which the Palestinians seek for an independent state.




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