Gun-toting Israeli soldiers, on Monday, forced a number of Palestinian farmers to leave their lands adjacent to the illegal settlement of Shavi Shomron, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported.

According to the mayor of Sebastia, Mohammed Azim, Israeli forces along with the settlement’s security prevented the farmers, with force, from planting apricot trees on their land, funded by the Anti-Wall and Anti-Settlements Commission and the Economic Development Center.

Azim stated that the Israeli forces claimed that the land was off limits to the farmers, and that they needed to obtain permission to work on it. Sebastia is located northwest of the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

Edited for IMEMC: Ali Salam
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