The Israeli army has destroyed a nature reserve and uprooted agricultural seedlings near the city of Hebron, in the south of the occupied West Bank. The 1,200 acre reserve was established with funding from the ACF International and the Ministry of Agriculture in Ramallah.
Ratib Al-Jabour, the coordinator of the popular committee in Yatta, said that the Israeli army and civil administration bulldozers entered the nature reserve near Alfkheid village on Tuesday morning and uprooted the seedlings. He pointed out that the Israeli occupation authorities have ordered the deportation of local residents in Alfkheid and seven other villages in order to convert the area into a so-called military zone. The destruction of the nature reserve has to be seen in that context, regarded as part of Israel's ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their land.