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Israel forces, settlers bulldoze agricultural land, raid Palestinian school

August 14, 2023 at 2:40 pm

Israeli forces demolished the house of Palestinian Wafi al-Tavil with bulldozers in the Silvan neighborhood of East Jerusalem, allegedly for being unauthorized, in Jerusalem on June 20, 2023 [Saeed Qaq – Anadolu Agency]

Israeli occupation forces attacked and bulldozed agricultural tents and stone walls this morning used by Palestinian farmers in Beit Sira village, west of Ramallah, during the cultivation season.

According to Wafa news agency, the military reinforcements accompanying the occupying forces stormed the outskirts of the town and began the demolitions under the pretext that the rooms and walls were situated in close proximity to the illegal Separation Wall.

In addition to this, local authorities reported that the olive saplings planted in an approximately six dunum area owned by residents were also uprooted by the occupying forces.

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The olive harvest is the main source of income for thousands of Palestinian households. Israeli settlers and soldiers have been responsible for destroying thousands of olive trees in the occupied territories over the years, primarily around harvest season to maximise the damage and impact on the owners.

Meanwhile, Jewish settlers stormed a Palestinian school in the central occupied West Bank yesterday, smashing windows and vandalising fixtures and fittings, Wafa reported.

Ras Al-Tin School, based east of Ramallah is threatened with demolition by the Israeli occupation army. In October 2020, the Israeli authorities decided to demolish the school, under the pretext that it is located in an area under full Israeli control, and construction is prohibited for any reason, even for educational purposes.

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