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Israeli settlers uproot 1,500 olive trees in occupied West Bank

Israeli settlers have uprooted about 1,500 olive trees owned by Palestinians in two separate neighbourhoods in the occupied West Bank.

The chief of the settlement dossier in northern West Bank, Ghassan Daglass, told local Palestinian media that settlers uprooted 425 old olive trees from a farm owned by Mohamed abu-Awwad from the Al-Zahrat region in the village of Tarms'ya.

The second attack was by settlers from the Shilo Settlement near Nablus, who uprooted more than 1,000 olive trees in the village of Sanjal, which is located between Nablus and Ramallah. The olive trees were planted as part of a support project funded by the International Red Cross.

Daglass called upon all international organisations interested in protecting human rights to urgently intervene to stop settlers' attacks against Palestinian farms and other properties. He said that settlers' attacks occur on daily basis.

In January, the United Nations announced that the annual rate of settler attacks against Palestinians had almost quadrupled in the past eight years.

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