Israeli soldiers destroy internationally-funded drinking water pipeline

A Palestinian man argues with Israeli soldiers during the demolition of a Palestinian house at the order of the Israeli army as he tries to stop the demolition in the West Bank village of Biet Ula, west of Hebron January 21, 2016. The owners of the house said they were informed by the Israeli army that the demolition was carried out because they did not have an Israeli-issued construction permit. Photo by Wisam Hashlamoun

Israeli military bulldozers destroyed a drinking water pipeline that was funded by The United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the Central Plains of the occupied West Bank. This destruction is the second of its kind in one month.

A Palestinian official in charge of Israeli colonies’ file at the Palestinian Authority in central West Bank, said many Israeli army jeeps and bulldozers invaded the area, during early morning hours, and destroyed a drinking water pipeline, providing water to Palestinian communities. The pipeline provided clean drinking water to 47 families, and extended on 8.5 kilometers. The pipeline’s installation and equipment costs were 12500 euros, provided by the UNICEF to enable access to clean drinking water, and added that the soldiers confiscated large sections of the pipeline.