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Ramallah: Settlers burn olive trees under military guard

July 23, 2010 1:13 P.M. (Updated: July 23, 2010 7:14 P.M.)
Ramallah – Ma'an – Soldiers protected Israeli settlers as they set fire to olive trees in Saffa village near the West Bank city Ramallah on Thursday, witnesses reported.

Residents and firefighters rushed to the scene, eyewitnesses said, but Israeli soldiers would not allow them to access the land.

Yousef Karajah, member of the popular committee against the wall, said more than seven square kilometers of land were burned.

The Israeli Civil Administration did not respond immediately to requests for comment by phone and e-mail.

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