Israeli forces, on Tuesday, uprooted dozens of Palestinian-owned olive saplings in the Khirbet Abziq hamlet, east of Tubas, in the northern Jordan Valley.

Specialist in settlement affairs Aref Daraghmeh said that employees from the Israeli nature authority, escorted by Israeli soldiers, stormed Khirbet Abziq and uprooted more than 60 four-year-old small trees belonging to a local citizen named Ahmed Khalil, PIC reported.

Daraghmeh said, according to the PNN, that the soldiers helped the nature employees remove and seize poles and barriers that were placed around the trees to protect them.

File photo: Israeli soldiers stand guard as an excavator uproots olive trees to break ground for construction of the wall section. (Mahmoud illean/Demotix/Corbis, August 2015)

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