An extremist settlers group uprooted recently 100 Olive trees which belong to residents of Yatta village, near the West Bank city of Hebron.
The Olive groves overlooks a road which the Israeli army barred the Palestinians from using, and designated it from the settlers; the road is used for access into the Israeli settlements located on the Hebron Hills, Susya, Beit Yatir, Ma’on and Carmel.
After the Israeli police was informed of the attack, the Civil Administration Office, which belongs to the Israeli Army, headed to the groves and asked the residents to file a complaint at the Police Station in Keryat Arba’ settlement, in Hebron.
Over the past year there, several sabotage incidents of Palestinian-owned olive groves by settlers were reported.
Last month more than 1,000 olive trees have been cut down by settlers, on six different occasions; the Israeli police closed five complaints without pressing charges.
Yesh Din, an Israeli civil rights group that offers Palestinians legal services on human rights issues, has filed this year from April thru November fifteen additional complaints against settlers and other Israeli citizens for sabotage of Palestinian-owned agricultural property, Israeli online daily Haaretz reported.
Last year, the Israeli police received 672 complaints of settlers’ attacks against Palestinian homes, residents, and groves; the attacks caused damage to the properties and injuries to dozens of residents.
The complaints included violence, use of force, sabotage, trespassing and similar offenses.