A group of armed fundamentalist Israeli settlers occupied on Monday morning Palestinian farmlands close to Doma village in the Nablus District and started bulldozing the lands and uprooting the trees. Ghassan Douglas, in charge of Settlements File in the northern part of the West Bank, stated that the settlers started uprooting the farmlands since early morning hours, and added that the attack comes a few days after they annexed dozens of Dunams of farmlands that belong to residents of Qaryout village.
Abdul-Nasser Al Qaryouti, head of the Qaryout village Council, said that the lands that were grabbed by the settlers belong to the residents of Qaryout, and that they are located near the Shavut Rachel illegal settlement as the settlers are trying to expand it.
Eyewitnesses reported that the settlers used bulldozers to uproot the orchards, and that more settlers are arriving in the area while the Israeli army did not attempt to intervene.
In related news, a group of armed settlers invaded Oreef village near Nablus, and set a Palestinian vehicle ablaze before leaving the village.
Douglas said that this is not the first attack on its kind as the settlers repeatedly attacked villages in the Nablus district and in several parts of the occupied West Bank.