Israeli Authorities Order Ten Palestinian-owned Water Wells Closed
Israeli military authorities reportedly plan to shut down ten Palestinian-owned water wells, to the west of city Salfit, in the northern occupied West Bank.
Local Palestinian sources in the al-Sawiya village in western Salfit, told media outlets including the Palestine WAFA News Agency, that Israeli military authorities delivered shutdown warrants to the owners of those wells.
WAFA identified the owners as Maher Qadous, Moneer Shamlawi, Rebhi Abu Nab’a, Adnan Hamdan, Netham Hamouda, Haroun Mowqadi, Jamal Mesleh, Rajy Shaqoura and Shehada Dahbour. All are local farmers in the al-Sawiya village.
Palestinian Authority sources in the occupied West Bank, where Israel has full security control over large parts of the area, have recently noted that Israeli authorities have begun decreasing the water supply for the Palestinian population, in many West Bank areas.
Observers warn that such Israeli measures, in the context of the recent Israeli announcement that the occupation authorities would start annexing large parts of the West Bank in July, subjecting the entire West Bank including the agriculture-rich area of northern al-Aghwar of the Jordan Valley, to full Israeli security control.
Photo: A well in Palestine’s West Bank. Source: Alshakaba.