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Committee: Settlers chop down 30 trees near Hebron

June 10, 2012 1:12 P.M. (Updated: June 11, 2012 5:11 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers destroyed 30 olive trees in the southern West Bank on Sunday morning, a local official said.

Residents of Maon settlement chopped down the orchard in al-Tuwani village, south of Hebron, belonging to locals Jibreel and Fadel Ribi, local committee against settlement activity coordinator Ratib al-Jabour said.

On Friday, settlers felled dozens of trees belonging to Ali al-Arda from the nearby town of Yatta, al-Jabour said.

Palestinians face systematic violence by Israel settlers in the West Bank, research groups say.

Over 90 percent of West Bank villages which have experienced multiple attacks by settlers are under Israeli security control, meaning Palestinians only have the official protection of an army which they claim ignores settler violence, according to The Palestine Center.
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