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Israel destroys over 1,000 olive trees in Hebron village

April 23, 2013 12:06 P.M. (Updated: April 25, 2013 2:15 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces destroyed over 1,300 olive trees in the south Hebron hills on Tuesday.

Israeli soldiers accompanied officials from Israel's civil administration as demolition crews uprooted hundreds of olive trees in the village of Susiya, Ma'an's reporter said.

According to B'Tselem, there are 26 outstanding Israeli demolition orders in the village.

In February 2012, right-wing settler advocacy group Regavim petitioned Israel's supreme court on behalf of an Israeli settlement overshadowing the village, calling for Israeli authorities to implement the demolition orders.

Meanwhile, settlers from Karmi Tzur uprooted 30 olive trees east of Halhul, local Saeed Madiyah told Ma'an.

In al-Malih and al-Madareb, in the Jordan Valley, Israeli forces demolished 15 animal shelters belonging to Bedouins in the area.

In Hizma, north of Jerusalem, Israeli forces demolished shelters belonging to Nayef al-Ashab.

Al-Ashab told Ma'an he used the shelters to store produce for his shop and that he was not warned they would be demolished. The goods were all destroyed in the demolition, he said.
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