Israeli settlers stole on Thursday 25 Dunams (6.17 Acres) of Palestinian lands that belong to the residents of Dir Istia village, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.Local sources reported that dozens of heavily armed settlers from the Rifaka illegal settlement outpost grabbed by force 25 Dunams in Khallit Azzam and uprooted the trees using military bulldozers.
The lands belong to the family of Abu Sarhan, the sources added. Family members said that have all legal documents proving ownership.
The settlers, under the protection of the Israeli military, fenced the stolen lands and prevented the Palestinians from entering them.
The attack is one of dozens of recent attacks carried out by fundamentalist settlers against the Palestinians and their lands.
Also on Thursday, a group of fundamentalist settlers uprooted nearly 70 almond trees that belong to resident Mousa Khalil Rabaâey, from Al Litawana village, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
The settlers used electric saws in uprooting the trees.