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Israel to confiscate 766 dunams of Palestinian land near Hebron

Feb. 24, 2008 10:37 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 24, 2008 10:37 A.M.)
Hebron - Ma'an - Israeli authorities issued a military order on Saturday to confiscate 766 dunams (a dunam is 1000 square meters) of Palestinian land belonging to the West Bank town of Adh-Dhahiriyya as well as land belonging to the Ramadin clan south of Hebron. The land is to be used for expansion of the Israeli settlement of Eshkolot.

Palestinian cartographic expert Abdul-Hadi Hantash told Ma'an's reporter that the Israeli authorities handed warrants to Palestinian farmers. According to the Israelis the confiscation orders fall under the category of "border adjustment."

Hantash compared the confiscation orders with his maps, and concluded that the affected area will actually be more than 900 dunams. An additional 2400 will fall behind the Israeli separation wall, which he says is a form of indirect confiscation.

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