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PA: Israeli forces destroy 3 wells near Nablus

Sept. 8, 2011 3:07 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 10, 2011 1:46 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces demolished three water wells Thursday in the village of Naseriya, east of Nablus, the official Palestinian Authority news agency WAFA reported.

The wells were owned by Muhammad Wahdan Abu Luay, Najeh Zaid and Nabil Judeh.

Chairman of Jordan Valley Central Agricultural Association, Said Ishtayeh, told WAFA that the water wells were used to irrigate around 1500 dunams of agricultural land in the village.

Dozens of Palestinian families will lose their income as a result of the demolitions, he added, as the wells were the only source of water used for the agricultural season.

Israeli forces also declared the village a closed military zone, witnesses said.

Villagers said that this it the second time Israeli forces have demolished the water wells since July.

UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said Palestinian aspirations for statehood were "being bulldozed."

"On the eve of discussions about Palestinian statehood in New York, the Israeli authorities have resumed home demolitions in the West Bank after a month long suspension," Gunness said.

"With this resumption of demolitions on the eve of statehood talks, the prospect of Palestinian statehood is itself being bulldozed".

Gunness said five residential structures in the Umm al-Khair Bedouin community near Hebron were demolished displacing 20 people and severely affecting the 145-strong community.

A two-year-old boy, abandoned accidentally as the bulldozers moved in, was severely traumatized, he said.

More than 700 people have been displaced in the West Bank this year alone, surpassing the entire number displaced during all of last year, 594 people, according to Gunness.
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