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Israel approves seizure of 35 acres of Palestine lands in Bethlehem

A Palestinian farmer from the West Bank village of Nahalin near Bethlehem, inspects his land after it was set afire by Jewish settlers from Beitar Illit settlement, on 11 October 2011. [MUSA AL SHAER/AFP via Getty Images]
A Palestinian farmer from the West Bank village of Nahalin near Bethlehem, inspects his land after it was set afire by Jewish settlers from Beitar Illit settlement, on 11 October 2011. [MUSA AL SHAER/AFP via Getty Images]

Israeli occupation authorities have approved the seizure of 147 dunums (35 acres) of Palestinian-owned land west of the city of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank, the Wafa news agency reported.

The Director of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Commission office in Bethlehem, Hassan Brijieh, said the seized lands belong to Palestinians in the Nahalin and Husan villages, southwest and west of Bethlehem respectively.

Israeli occupation authorities seek to seize Nahalin village in an effort to increase the illegal settlement activities in that area including the construction of 560 new settler units in the illegal Beitar Illit settlement and roads.

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