Israel orders Bedouins to temporarily leave West Bank area

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KHIRBET AL-MEITEH, West Bank (AP) - Israel's army has ordered dozens of Palestinian Bedouins to leave their communities in a remote West Bank area while it conducts military exercises there.

The military says the order is temporary, and that the Palestinians are living illegally in closed military zones.

The Bedouins say they have lived there for decades, making a living by herding animals. They say Israeli officials are pressuring them to leave.

While the army has issued temporary evacuation orders in the past, Bedouins say they have increased in frequency. They say it is distressing for their children and livestock to move, and that many of them have nowhere else to go.

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