Khan al-Ahmar – Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (11 september 2018)

France expresses its very deep concern at the situation in the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar in the West Bank (Area C). Under the Israeli Supreme Court ruling, the decision to demolish this village lies with the Israeli government.

I join with the EU high representative in calling on the Israeli authorities not to go ahead with the demolition of this village.

France reaffirms that the demolition of infrastructure and homes in the West Bank, a Palestinian occupied territory, are contrary to international humanitarian law, and in particular the fourth Geneva Convention - since they will result in the evacuation and forced transfer of populations - and the Security Council resolutions.

France is paying particular attention to the case of Khan al-Ahmar given its location in an area of strategic importance for the contiguity of a Palestinian state and for the viability of a two-state solution with Jerusalem as the capital. It therefore warns of the potential humanitarian as well as political consequences of the demolition of this village and the displacement of its inhabitants.

France is continuing its efforts to preserve the two-state solution in collaboration with the EU and its close international partners.