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Settlers set fire to Palestinian land in Nablus

Palestinians attempt to extinguish a fire caused by settlers in West Bank on 3 June 2016 [Nedal Eshtayah/Apaimages]
Palestinians attempt to extinguish a fire caused by settlers in West Bank on 3 June 2016 [Nedal Eshtayah/Apaimages]

Several Israeli settlers set fire to hundreds of dunams of agricultural land in the eastern part of Burin village in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus today.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors Israeli settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that several Israeli settlers from the illegal Bracha settlement near Burin deliberately lit a fire in Jabal Abu Salem area in the village. The fire then spread rapidly throughout the area.

Daghlas added that several Israeli settlers also attacked a Palestinian house belonging to Hamzi Al-Zein. The settlers threw rocks at the home and attempted to enter it but locals prevented them and proceeded to force them from the area, he said.

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Witnesses added that Israeli fire trucks arrived in the village to put out the fire. It was unclear what the extent of damage was following the incident.

In the past month, several attacks have been carried out in villages nearby Israel’s illegal Yitzhar settlement. According to the Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem, the Yitzhar and Bracha settlements have confiscated some 7,000 dunams (7 square kilometres) of Burin’s land.

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