Palestinian landowners in the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, Thursday, blocked an intrusion attempt by a team from the Israeli Nature Preservation Authority, according to one of the land owners, Saeed Abbasi.

Abbasi told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that members of the so-called Israeli nature authority stormed his 4-dunam plot of land in Silwan, which is planted with olive trees, in an attempt to seize the land, under the pretext of performing excavations in the area.

He stated that the Israeli occupation seeks to seize the entire 60-dunam area of Silwan, known as Wadi al-Rababa, to turn it into a public park.

Landowners in the Wadi al-Rababa area, are currently waging a legal battle to stop the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem and nature authority from taking over their land.

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