On Tuesday, Israeli soldiers invaded a Palestinian orchard in Hizma town, northeast of the occupied capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank, and uprooted ninety Palestinian trees.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded an area near Hizma and Anata roads before uprooting 70 olive and twenty citrus trees.

The army claims that lands are “state-owned,” although the Palestinian have the official deeds providing ownership and the fact that Israel’s occupation is illegal under International Law.

The trees are on lands privately owned by Mohammad Ali Qassem Khatib and his family from Hizma town.

Mohammad told Al-Qastal News that he has documents from an Israeli court barring the uprooting of his trees, pending further court sessions, but the army went ahead and uprooted his trees. The Palestinian planted his trees more the fifteen years ago.

The Israeli army recently annexed hundreds of dunams of Palestinian lands in Hizma to expand a colonialist road extending from the main entrance of Anata town to the main entrance of Hizma before continuing to link with nearby illegal colonies.