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Palestine: Jewish settlers torch West Bank farmland

18th May 2019
Palestine: Jewish settlers torch West Bank farmland

Qais Abu Samra

NABLUS, Palestine (AA): Jewish settlers on Friday set fire to several acres of Palestinian farmland in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, according to a Palestinian official. Elsewhere, several Israeli settlers hurled stones, on Friday evening, at Palestinian cars driving on the Nablus-Jenin road, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

“A group of settlers from the Yitzhar settlement near the village of Asira al-Qibliya south of Nablus torched Palestinian agricultural land sown with grain and olive trees,” Ghassan Douglas, a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official, told Anadolu Agency.

Confrontations erupted between the settlers and local residents, after which the Israeli army intervened, he said.

Daghlas, who monitors Israel’s settlers activities in the West Bank, said more than 60 Jewish settlers invaded the farmlands and set them ablaze, in the southern area of the village,.

Several Israeli settlers hurled stones, on Friday evening, at Palestinian cars driving on the Nablus-Jenin road, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank. The attack caused damage to several Palestinian cars, but did not lead to physical injuries

Palestinian towns and villages in the Israeli-occupied West Bank are subject to frequent assaults and acts of vandalism by Jewish settlers.

According to estimates, 650,000 Jewish settlers currently live on 164 settlements built illegally across the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), which remains “occupied territory” under international law.

[Archive photo: Israeli settlers in Palestine./Creative-Commons]

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