Israeli Colonists Burn Palestinian Farmlands Near Nablus

22 May
7:27 PM

Several illegal Israeli colonists burnt, Friday, large areas of Palestinian agricultural lands, south of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the colonists invaded farmlands owned by residents of ‘Orif and Asira al-Qibliya towns, south of Nablus.

He added that the colonists then set the invaded lands ablaze, in the al-Lahaf ash-Shamali area, between the two towns.

Ghassan said that the attack by colonial settlers was concurrent with an Israeli army attack, as the army’s bulldozers began razing some farm lands adjacent to the illegal Yitzhar settlement.

Daghlas noted that the razing comes under the pretext of extinguishing the fires, however it is likely a prelude to constructing a settlers-only bypass road that would take over more Palestinian-owned farm lands.

Israeli colonial settlers’ attacks on nearby Palestinian farm lands, have dramatically increased over the past several weeks in many West Bank villages.

On Thursday evening, many colonists hurled stones at Palestinian cars south of Huwwara town, south of Nablus, at the junction that leads to the Qalqilia governorate, in northern West Bank.

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