Israeli soldiers sprayed toxins, on Tuesday afternoon, into a Palestinian olive orchard in Battir town, west of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank, destroying dozens of olive saplings.
Local activist, Zaki al-Batma, stated that several army jeeps and bulldozers invaded the Marah Midwer area, in the eastern part of the town, before spraying the orchards with chemical toxins, leading to the destruction of at least seventy olive saplings.
Al-Batma added that the saplings are in lands, privately owned by Ghassan Oweina, however, the occupation army alleged that the saplings were planted in what was described as “state lands.”
It is worth mentioning that the area is subject to constant Israeli violations, especially the construction and expansion of the illegal colonies, in addition to frequent assaults by the soldiers and colonizers, including preventing the farmers from entering their lands and orchards.
Furthermore, the soldiers injured dozens of Palestinians, including schoolchildren, at the main entrance of the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
On Tuesday at dawn, the soldiers abducted three Palestinians in Hebron and Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.
In related news, the soldiers abducted four Palestinians, including a mother and her child, in Sielet al-Harithiyya and Ya’bad towns, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
Furthermore, the soldiers demolished three Palestinian homes in the al-Walaja village, west of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, allegedly for being built without permits.