Settlers of the Sosia settlement in east Yatta, North of Hebron, protected by the Israeli military, prevented Palestinian families from reaching their agricultural lands on Wednesday despite a court ruling which gave Palestinians the right to be on the land. An Israeli court ruled in favor of the Palestinians last year, returning the land to its original Palestinian owners.

Yet the settlers and soldiers prevented families from harvesting their land, claiming that the it was an Israeli military area.

Ratib al-Jabour, coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in southern Hebron, said that this incident was an attempt to push the Palestinians off the land in order to expand the settlement.

Jabour called on all national and international bodies to intervene to put a stop to such activities that aim to push Palestinians off their lands.