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Witnesses: Settlers raid house, burn crops

Aug. 23, 2010 9:19 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 24, 2010 1:37 P.M.)
TULKAREM (Ma'an) -- Settlers raided a house and torched five dunums of farmland in the northern West Bank Monday evening, witnesses said.

Locals said two buses of Israeli citizens living in Hebron in the southern West Bank arrived at the illegal Mevo Dotan settlement in Tulkarem in the northern West Bank, where they harassed locals and caused damage.

Settlers raided the house of Muhammad Al-Haloul and remained for three hours banning the family from leaving, family members said. They destroyed the house and burnt the family's wheat crops, locals said.

Settlers set 20 dunums of farmland on fire south of Nablus on Sunday, Palestinian Authority official Ghassan Doughlas said.

Dozens of residents of the illegal Ihya outpost torched the area of Sahel Khalet Abu Shreka, near Jalud village, he said.

Doughlas accused settlers in the area of repeatedly provoking locals by expanding settlements, constructing outposts, and burning land.

The same day, medics said Israeli troops entered the village and fired tear gas grenades toward residents.

An Israeli army spokesman said the military was not familiar with such an incident.
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