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Israeli forces destroy Hebron structures, settlers erect tent

April 16, 2012 4:52 P.M. (Updated: April 17, 2012 5:26 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces on Monday demolished irrigation pools and terracing walls, leveling agricultural lands in the southern West Bank, residents told Ma'an.

Settlers also erected a tent near an illegal settlement south of Hebron, which locals fear is the first step to a new outpost in the area.

Dura resident Kamal Amr told Ma'an Israeli forces bulldozed a field of 2,000 square meters planted with broad beans, cucumbers, tomatoes and cauliflowers. The land belongs to Talab Abdul-Majid Amr and his brothers Abdul-Aziz, Hasan and Hussein, he said.

The Israeli civil administration officer accompanying troops said the irrigation pools were built without an Israeli permit. Agricultural equipment and irrigation networks were also damaged in the demolition in the Al-Majnouna area.

Palestinians can only build on one percent of the Israeli-controlled zone Area C, most of which is already built up, while settlements continue to expand in the same zone, the UN says.

Also on Monday, settlers set up camp on Palestinian land belonging to Abu Sabha family near the Israeli settlement Maon. Residents told Ma'an they are concerned the tent will be made into a new settler outpost.
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