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Israel destroys farmland in Hebron

The Israeli Nature and Parks Authority and the Ministry of Agriculture sabotaged, on Monday, hundreds of square metres of farmland planted with winter crops in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank.

The coordinator of the National Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, Rateb Al-Jabour, said in a statement that the Nature and Parks Authority and the Ministry of Agriculture ploughed citizens’ lands that had been cultivated. The areas affected are Masafer Yatta, particularly in the villages of Senter, Al-Halawah and Jemba. The destroyed lands belong to the families of Al-Jabbareen, Abu Arram and Houshia, as well as the family of Muhammad which resulted in losing of crops.

He pointed out that occupation forces chased the farmers and shepherds and expelled them from the area to carry out their attacks.

Jabour denounced the occupation’s daily practices against residents and their property and condemned Israel’s acquisition of Palestinians’ land in favour of the continued settlement expansion in the area.

Popular and national committees have organised an event in solidarity with the residents of the Umm El-Khair village east of Yatta; settlers have been escalating their attacks against Umm El-Khair’s residents and their property with the aim of deporting them from their land, so they can establish outposts.

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