The Heads of Mission and representatives from the EU, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and like-minded countries Canada, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, visited for the second time in three months the Humsa Al Bqai’a community near Tubas in the Jordan Valley. The Bedouin community is located in Firing Zone 916 in close proximity to two Israeli settlements.
The diplomats who wanted to get a first-hand assessment of the situation, visited the community after Israeli forces had demolished over the past few days all remaining livelihood and agricultural structures, declaring the area now a closed military zone. At least 55 people, including 32 children, lost their homes in plain winter season and in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The diplomats expressed their serious concern and recalled Israel’s obligations under international law, as occupying power, to ensure the well being of the population under its responsibility.
The Office of the European Union Representative (West Bank and Gaza Strip, UNRWA)