Two ambulances are being used to transport Jewish residents of the village of Tzur in the northern West Bank to Gaza, as the government tries to bring the site under Israeli control amid rising tensions over the contested Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
According to local sources, the ambulance will be used to ferry the Jewish residents from the village, which is situated on the edge of a military zone, to the town of Beit El, on the northern edge of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory.
The residents of Tuz are facing the prospect of a new wave of attacks and closures that will leave them stranded in a refugee camp, with no way of accessing services, and little prospect of finding work or receiving compensation for their losses.
The latest round of attacks, which took place on Thursday and Friday, came amid rising unrest in the occupied Palestinian territory, including a wave of protests against Israel’s policies towards the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Israel launched Operation Protective Edge, an offensive to drive Hamas militants from Gaza in September, which has resulted in hundreds of Palestinian deaths, according to international human rights organisations.
The military offensive began on July 8, and has now claimed more than 2,000 Palestinian lives.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week that the army would move the site from its current location on the outskirts of Jerusalem, near the West Bank city of Hebron, and transfer it to the central city of Nablus.
The Israeli military says the move is necessary for the health of the population.
In response, Palestinian leaders have vowed to continue protests and attacks in the West Banks, and on the Israeli border.
A similar move in the Israeli city of Jenin was thwarted last week by local residents who blocked roads, blocked roads in the city, and erected barricades on public transport.
The new evacuation plan is expected to be unveiled this week, with the Israeli army set to start moving the Palestinian residents of Beith Al-Banna to Gaza next week.
The Israeli military has said the plan will be finalised on Sunday.