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Jewish settlers set up agriculture facility in West Bank village

A member of Israeli security forces fires a tear gas canister towards Palestinian protesters during clashes following a protest against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum, near the northern city of Nablus, April 10, 2015. Photo by Nedal Eshtayah

Israeli Jewish settlers have established an agriculture facility on land belonging to the residents of Al-Mughier village to the north of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Quds Press reported local Palestinians sources saying yesterday.

The chairman of the village council of Al-Mughier, Faraj Al-Na’san, said that the settlers took control of the land by force and erected an agriculture building of about 150 square metres in size. The building is now used as a barn for goats.

Al-Nas’an added that the Israeli occupation army has told him that around an acre of land owned by the village has been “confiscated”.

According to the local official, the owners of the land in question have already filed a complaint with the Israeli civil administration. The settler-colonists, meanwhile, claim that it is state land.

Local people fear that the colonists’ action could be the start of a massive settlement plan targeting the Palestinian village.

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