43 year-old Palestinian, Ahmad Abu Al Sheikh, was killed on November 23rd by a mine explosion in the northern part of the Jordan Valley.

Father of five sons, Ahmad is a shepherd from the village of Bardala. Ahmad suffered head and chest injuries whilst grazing his sheep on his land. After being taken to an Israeli hospital in a critical condition, Ahmad later died of his wounds.

According to local residents, the Israeli army often carries out military exercises on this Palestinian farmland and invades local villages during training. Palestinian families are often displaced for weeks at a time, whilst Israeli forces carry out exercises using explosives.

In August, 17 year-old Palestinian Mohammad Eshtayya was killed, and his brother seriously injured, when an Israeli landmine detonated as they were herding the family sheep east of Tammoun, in the north of the Jordan Valley.

Also on November 23rd, settlers from Maskiyot violently attacked Palestinian shepherd Hilal ‘Adel Daraghma, in the presence of Israeli forces. Maskiyot settlement is built on the land of Palestinian village Ein al-Hilweh.

In June this year, seventeen-year old Palestinian, Sakher Burhan Daragme, was killed while herding sheep on his family’s land in nearby Hammamat Al Maleh.