IDF holds drill in Palestinian village (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Elior Levy Published: 07.03.12, 12:47)
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Residents of al-Aqabah complain military held urban warfare drill in
their village sans notice. IDF: Area is designated training zone, any
construction is illegal
The IDF held an urban warfare drill in the Palestinian village of al-
Aqabah in the northeastern West Bank, Ynet learned Tuesday.
The drill was held according to the military´s training protocol. The
IDF has recently resumed training in designated live-fire zones in
the Jordan Rift Valley – even those riddled with some Palestinian and
The IDF informs residents of upcoming drills, and asks that they
leave the area for a few hours, for their own safety.
However, Palestinian sources said that last week, IDF forces entered
al-Aqabah without warning and launched an exercise, which including
gunfire and flares; all while the residents found themselves under an
Hadj Sami, one of the residents, told Ynet that the drill began at 10
pm and lasted several hours. "When we asked the soldiers what was
going on they said it was a drill," he added.
The village leadership, he continued, called the Coordination and
Liaison Authority, but was told that the drill was taking place
outside the village, not inside it.
An IDF Spokesperson statement said that, "This is a designated fire
zone which is a restricted military area. The Palestinian village was
erected illegally and in any case, no live rounds were used during
the exercise." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 07/03/12)
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