The Israeli Civil Administration under the IDF’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) used drones for the first time to track and enforce measures to reduce carbon emissions and pollution in the West Bank. Drones exposed a number of hidden timber and wood-burning sites.

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Under the Israeli Civil Administration’s framework to enforce carbon emission reductions in the West Bank, drones were used for the first time in Area B, which is under the Palestinian Authority’s civil responsibility. Footage from the drones exposed a number of additional timber sites holding wood burned into charcoal.  As a result, an operation was carried out to confiscate the timber in order to prevent further pollution and eliminate the charcoal wood-burning phenomenon.

As part of the operation, about 200 cubic meters of wood were found in the Palestinian village of Ya’bad, and 23 wood-burning sites were extinguished. Drone footage shows that residents hide the timber on the outskirts of the village near their homes as a result of the Civil Administration’s heavy enforcement against wood-burning.

“We are determined to take action against the wood-burners in Ya’bad that harm the health of children in the area, especially the residents of the area, both Israelis and Palestinians,” wrote Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Major General Yoav Mordechai. “The Civil Administration will continue to seek solutions in cooperation with the Palestinians, but at the same time the campaign against the wood-burners will continue, including taking measures against their owners.”