Army Uproots Olive Trees, Bulldozes Lands Near Salfit

22 May
3:08 PM

Several Israeli military jeeps, accompanied by armored bulldozers, invaded on Thursday morning [May 22, 2014], Palestinians lands and olive orchards in Kufur Ed-Deek, west of the central West bank city of Salfit, bulldozed lands and uprooted several olive trees.Member of the Kufur Ed-Deek Local Council, Mousa Qassoul, stated that several jeeps, accompanied by two armored bulldozers, invaded Thaher Soboh area, west of Kufur Ed-Deek, uprooted the trees, and started the removal of an old, unused, settlement road, the WAFA News Agency has reported.

Qassoul said the attack comes in an attempt to illegally confiscate the lands for settlement activities, as the army is preparing for a new illegal settlement outpost between the town and Bedya nearby village.

He added that the area is rarely used by the Palestinian farmers due to its rough structure, and is far from the Palestinian owners of the lands.

Israel has been preventing the Palestinians from using the area, including preventing them from creating suitable roads and pathways that could lead them to their lands.

In addition, a water pipeline runs through Palestinian lands in the area, to provide water for a number of Israeli settlements, illegally built on Palestinian lands.

Salfit is among the most impacted districts in the West Bank, as the soldiers and Israeli settlers frequently target it. It contains 18 Palestinian villages and towns, while Israel has 24 illegal settlements in the district.

Also on Thursday, several fanatic Israeli settlers invaded Palestinian farmland, east of Yatta town, south of Hebron, and burnt Palestinian agricultural lands, planed with wheat and fodder.

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Saed Bannoura

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