A Palestinian boy walks a donkey on a road in the Israeli-occupied West Bank area of Tubas, on July 19, 2016, near a sign on a concrete block which reads in Hebrew, Arabic and English "Firing area entrance forbidden." AFP / JAAFAR ASHTIYEH
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Nothing out of the ordinary about that, except for the fact that the advertiser is the Israeli army. Palestinians say the army is trying to sell back the very animals it seized from them in the occupied West Bank's Jordan Valley. Israeli authorities say they round up wandering livestock in the interests of public safety, especially to reduce road accidents.However, Palestinians see a policy of confiscations and demolitions that is aimed at pushing them out of the valley running along the border with Jordan. Arif Daraghmeh, head of a council of 26 hamlets in the valley's Al-Maleh district, said they have to pay fines of up to 2,000 shekels ($526) for each donkey.The Israeli army has turned 18 percent of the West Bank into training grounds, according to United Nations data.About 90 percent of the valley is in the West Bank zone known as "Area C" which is under full Israeli control.
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