Thursday, October 7, 2010

Settlers near Nablus torch land, harvest Palestinian olives and cut down trees

Residents of Huwwara village south of Nablus said Thursday that settlers set dozens of dunums of farm lands on fire, destroying crops. PA official responsible for settlement-observation in the northern West Bank Ghassan Doughlas said the fires were in the At-Tira area of Huwwara village, and had destroyed some crops.
On Wednesday Israeli settlers damaged 16 olives trees belonging to residents in the Nablus region on Wednesday after harvesting the olives and depriving several families of their income source. Rashed Mazar, Yanun village chief, told Ma'an that residents saw settlers from the Gideonim outpost in the Itamar settlement leave nearby agricultural lands in a jeep, towing a wagon filled with olive leaves behind it.
He added that settlers living on the illegal outpost began bulldozing land to make way for a road leading to their homes. He said the road would eat up several dunums of farm land, and make accessing the lands left difficult, since the land would basically be appropriated by the settlers and the outpost would be entrenched.
North of Yanun, PA official Ghassan Doughlas said settlers from the Yitzhar settlement uprooted nearly 50 trees in the Anukara area of the Huwwara village south of Nablus, owned by Najeh Issa Muhammad Odeh.

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