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Settlers chop almond trees in Beit Ummar

Oct. 23, 2010 9:16 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 23, 2010 9:16 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Israeli settlers chopped down almond trees in the Wad Al-Wahadin area of the Beit Ummar village in Hebron, marking the second act of vandalism on Saturday.

Palestine Solidarity Project spokesman Mohammad Awad said settlers uprooted dozens of trees belonging to the Baher family near the Karmi Zur settlement and brought in bulldozers in what the spokesman said was an attempt to enlarge the settlement.

Five dunums of land were overturned in the process, Awad said, adding that several new settlement housing units were approved in the area.

Earlier Saturday, Israeli settlers cut down and damaged 40 olive trees in the northern West Bank village of Al-Lubban Ash-Sharqiya, southwest of Nablus city, locals said.

Akram Jamil Uweis, whose family owns the trees, said his family headed to the field early Saturday morning to harvest olives, and found 40 trees had been chopped down, but their olives had not been harvested.

He said that his family believed residents of the nearby illegal settlements of Eli and Ma’ale Levona were responsible for the attack.
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