Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday, March, 09, 2017.
Israeli troops uproot palm trees meanwhile settlers destroy olive trees owned by Palestinian farmers. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Israeli forces have uprooted some 350 palm trees and bulldozed lands in Jericho city, Jordan Valley. Thursday, local sources reported.
The land was razed and the trees were uprooted, even though it is located in area B and not C, as Israel claims. The land is private property of farmer Mohammed Awajneh, who said that his land was among other agricultural lands razed by Israeli bulldozers without prior notice. The trees were planted two years ago.
In another attack, Israeli settlers uprooted on Thursday morning Palestinian olive trees and sprayed chemical poison on other trees owned by Palestinian farmers from the southern West Bank village of Yatta. According to local sources the armed settlers came from the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Maon,
The Palestine Information Center (PIC), numbers show that around 150,000 Palestinian citizens live in 542 residential communities located partially or completely within Area C, while 325,000 Israeli settlers live in the same area in 135 settlements and about 100 outposts, in violation of the international law.
70% of the lands of Area C are located within the boundaries of the local councils of the Israeli settlements; therefore, Palestinians are prohibited from using or developing them.
In other news, The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, since Wednesday evening until morning hours Thursday, thirty-two Palestinians, including children, between the ages of 11 and 15, in different parts of the occupied West Bank.
Among those abducted was Samira Halayqa, a Palestinian law maker. She was taken after soldiers searched and ransacked her home in the southern West Bank city of Hebron. Other abductions and home searches were reported in Ramallah, Jerusalem, Jenin, Nablus and Tulkarem cities and nearby villages.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday, March, 08, 2017, news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. From more news and updates, please visit our website at www.imemc.org today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.