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Settlers uproot olive trees in Bethlehem

Israeli settlers damaged olive trees after storming into Palestinian olive groves on 11 September 2018 [Sawsan Bastawy]
Israeli settlers damaged olive trees after storming into Palestinian olive groves on 11 September 2018 [Sawsan Bastawy]

Settlers have uprooted and vandalised tens of olive and grape saplings in the Al-Khader town in the occupied West Bank’s Bethlehem area, Quds Press reported yesterday.

Ahmed Salah, the coordinator of the national committee against settlements, told the news agency that settlers from the Efrat settlement, which was established on Palestinian land near Bethlehem, uprooted 370 grape trees cultivated two years ago as well as nearly 30 olive trees. The trees are owned by Palestinian citizen Ibrahim Sulaiman Subaih.

Salah warned that settlers violations against Palestinians and their property is expected to increase during the olive harvest which is underway. He called for the creation of a committee to protect Palestinian farmers from repeated attacks by settlers.

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