Zuaiter calls on government to hold Israeli Occupation accountable for fires in Jordan Valley

Jordan

Published: 2021-06-07 20:42

Last Updated: 2021-06-16 04:31


Zuaiter calls on government to hold Israeli Occupation accountable for fires in Jordan Valley
Zuaiter calls on government to hold Israeli Occupation accountable for fires in Jordan Valley

The head of the Arab Group for the Protection of Nature and the head of the Arab Network for Food Sovereignty (ANFS), Razan Zuaiter, said that the damage caused by the fire that extended from the occupied Palestinian territories to the Jordanian territories is very ‘large.’

She added that the fires caused heavy losses and damaged hundreds of dunums of crops inside the northern Jordan Valley.

Zuaiter told Roya that hundreds of dunams were completely destroyed due to the fires, and there are farmers whose farms were completely burned.

She stressed that the situation in the Jordan Valley is very difficult and needs immediate intervention from the government and the private sector.

She continued that those fires that occur almost every year are caused on purpose by the Israeli Occupation, noting that there was not enough effort to hold the Israeli Occupation accountable and oblige it to pay compensation.

Earlier this week, Minister of Agriculture Khaled Al-Hunaifat said that farmers in the Jordan Valley whose farms were damaged as a result of the fire will be compensated for their losses next week through the risk fund.

The fire caused damage to hundreds of dunams planted with citrus and wheat in the northern Jordan Valley, in addition to damaging water pumps and pipes.

Hunaifat revealed that Jordan will demand the Israeli Occupation authorities to pay compensation following the incident, in accordance with international agreements.

May 31, the Civil Defense Directorate's (CDD) firefighting cadres in Irbid, along with other concerned authorities in the Northern Jordan Valley Brigade, contained a fire that broke out on the western edge of the Jordan River from the occupied Palestinian territories to Jordanian agricultural lands.

The administrator of the Northern Valleys Brigade, Ali Al-Hawamdeh, said the fire spread about four km on the border strip of the Jordan River.