Israeli authorities decided to annex 1000 Dunams of family orchards which belongs to residents of Dir Al Hatab and Azmout, east of Nablus in the West Bank.

A local source Dir Al Hatab reported that soldiers placed banners at the entrance of the village informing the residents of intentions to annex farmlands which belong to the residents.

The lands belong to the families of Hussein, Hammad, Shihada, and Ismail, from Dir Al Hatab, and to residents Fleih and Faleh Abu Haasan, from Azmout village.

The residents were informed to be present at Beit Forik checkpoint on Sunday at 11:30, without providing any further details after handing them the annexation orders.

It is worth mentioning that the residents were not allowed to enter their lands since the beginning of Al Aqsa Intifada, since they are close to Alon Moreh settlement.

Settlers burnt dozens of olive trees near the settlement last month after barring the residents from reaching their orchards.

Residents fear that the annexation orders are part of a plan to expand the settlement in order to place news settlers who were evacuated from Gaza.

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