OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, GAZA, (PIC)– Palestinian activists said that IOF troops on Sunday morning stormed village of Bab al-Karamah set up by Palestinian activists on the lands threatened with confiscation in the village of Beit Iksa northwest of Jerusalem.
Nabil Hababa, coordinator of the Popular Campaign against the Wall and settlements in the north of occupied Jerusalem, pointed out that the Israeli military forces stormed the village at 7 o’clock this morning, accompanied by four military vehicles.
Hababa noted in a press statement that the IOF took photos of the activists who have been in the village and whose number exceeds 400 activists and informed them that building works are not allowed without the occupation’s authorization.
He stated that the activists refused to obey the occupation soldiers’ orders and to leave the village. He also appealed to the Palestinian people and solidarity activists to flock to the new village in order to protect it from the occupation.
The occupation authorities have continued its plans to close the village of al-Karamah. They closed the checkpoint at the entrance to the village of Beit Iksa and the roads leading to al-Karamah village, and prevented the activists from entering into or leaving the village.
The activists in the village asserted that the occupation authorities did not hand them over a military order announcing the village a closed military zone.
MP Jamal al-Khudari, head of the Popular Committee against the Siege, denounced in statement on Sunday, storming the village of Bab al-Karamah by the occupation army for the third time in two days, stressing that targeting villages set up by the activists on their lands threatened with confiscation will escalate popular resistance.
He also called for the expansion of popular and peaceful campaigns against the wall, the settlements in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem and the siege in Gaza as a means of resistance.