Israeli soldiers handed several residents of Qaryout village, south east of the West Bank city of Nablus military orders informing them of annexing 1200 Dunams of farmlands in Al Hamra Castle Mountain area.

The mountain is located west of Qaryout village, where the settlements of Shilo and Ely are located after the army annexed most of its lands, and barred the residents from entering their farmlands to pick their Olives over the last five years.

Also, the settlers controlled farmlands in the area over the last four years and constructed an illegal outpost.

The National Office for Land Defense said that these land grab orders come after the terrorist attack carried out by an extremist settler who opened fire at Palestinian workers in the industrial area of Shilo, killing four.


Hasan abu Al Rob, head of the office said that these military orders are considered encouragement to the settlers and their assaults against the Palestinians residents. 

After the Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced his Disengagement Plan from The Gaza Strip, soldiers annexed vast areas in Nablus and leveled hothouses and a number of homes in the area especially in Tana.

Also, soldiers handed dozens of residents in Dir Sharaf and Borqa, military orders informing of intentions to level homes and constructions in the area, in addition to annexing farmlands which belong to residents of Sabastia village.