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Israel destroys agricultural land, wells in Hebron

May 7, 2013 12:16 P.M. (Updated: May 8, 2013 6:23 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday destroyed over 100 acres of private Palestinian agricultural land in Hebron, locals said.

The mayor of Tarqumiya, Sami Fataftah, told Ma'an that Israeli forces bulldozed over 100 acres of land planted with olive and fruit trees.

Israeli forces also destroyed three water wells used for irrigation and military forces stole "400 olive trees and 700 fruit trees planted 5-7 years ago," Fataftah added.

The water wells belonged to Nayif Mahmoud Shallafa and his brothers Nawwaf and Yousef.

"Yesterday Israeli bulldozers leveled fields and demolished wells in Beit Ula and Nuba, and today they did the same in Tarqumiya. Israel is implementing these policies to force Palestinian farmers to evacuate their lands and leave them to settlers," the mayor added.

On Monday, Israeli forces destroyed a 700-meter long electric network in the village of Beit Ula, uprooted olive trees and destroyed a water well.

Israeli forces frequently destroy infrastructure built without obtaining permits from the military authorities. Palestinians say the vast majority of applications are rejected.

Between 2009 and 2011, Israel's military destroyed 173 water, sanitation and hygiene structures in the West Bank including 40 wells, 57 rainwater collection cisterns and at least 20 toilets and sinks, OCHA says.

Since 1967, 800,000 olive trees have been uprooted in the occupied West Bank by Israeli forces, according to a report by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of National Economy and the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem.
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