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Israel settlers raze Palestinian land in the Jordan Valley

Palestinians try to extinguish a fire in an olive grove after it was set alight by settlers from a near by Jewish settlement close to the West Bank village of Burin [Wagdi Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians try to extinguish a fire after it was set alight by Israeli settlers in the West Bank on 30 June 2018 [Wagdi Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli settlers today razed Palestinian land in the area of Khirbet Al Hamma in the north of the Jordan Valley, Palestinian sources reported.

According to the sources, who spoke to Wafa news agency, settlers from an illegal outpost located near the Palestinian Bedouin community in the area used a bulldozer to raze the Palestinian land, as they are pushing occupation authorities to open settler-only roads in the area.

Residents are worried that the settlement outposts and the settlers are going to take control of most of the pastures they use to herd their livestock, which is their main source of income.

Last year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  announced that his government will annex 30 per cent of the occupied West Bank area located in the Jordan Valley.

The move was later postponed,

The UAE said the decision to delay the manoeuvre was a result of its decision to normalise ties with the occupation state.

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