Khan al-Ahmar
Khan al-AhmarHillel Maeir/TPS

The Civil Administration on Thursday morning demolished five structures erected by Palestinian Arab activists near the illegal Bedouin outpost of Khan al-Ahmar, which is slated for demolition.

Palestinian Arab media claimed that the security forces had begun evacuating the outpost itself, but the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories stressed that, contrary to the reports, only temporary structures placed nearby had been demolished and the evacuation and demolition of the actual outpost had not yet begun.

The structures that were demolished were erected in recent days and housed activists living outside the outpost.

Khan al-Ahmar was built in the 1990s on land belonging to the Israeli town of Kfar Adumim east of Jerusalem. The encampment is home to some 170 Bedouin, who have expanded the community in recent years with the aid of foreign governments.

Israeli courts approved the outpost’s demolition, but in July the Supreme Court froze plans to evacuate Khan al-Ahmar, pending an appeal by residents.

Israeli security forces had been preparing for the planned demolition, which was set to commence just hours before the court intervened.

Last week, however, the Supreme Court ruled against the residents, rejecting their claims and clearing the way for Khan al-Ahmar’s evacuation.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) announced on Tuesday that it had filed a war crimes suit against Israel following the Supreme Court's decision to allow the evacuation of Khan al-Ahmar.