A group of illegal Israeli colonialist settlers uprooted, Tuesday, nearly thirty Palestinian olive trees in the al-Hamra area, east of Yatta town, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the National and Popular Committees against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in southern West Bank, said the colonists came from the illegal Ma’on and Havat Ma’on colonialist outpost, built on private Palestinian lands.

He added that the trees were planted more than thirty years ago and are owned by members of Rib’ey family.

Jabour further stated that the cutting and uprooting of Palestinian olive trees in the area have escalated over the past few years, as part of the ongoing attempts by the colonists to build and expand their illegal outposts and colonies.

He called on various national, regional and international human rights and legal groups to intervene and help in ending these serious violations targeting the Palestinians, their homes and property, and their sources of livelihood.