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Settlers use chemicals to destroy over 100 olive trees

May 25, 2013 5:22 P.M. (Updated: May 26, 2013 6:54 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A group of settlers destroyed over 100 olive trees in a Nablus village on Saturday after spraying them with toxic chemicals, a Palestinian Authority official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that settlers from the notoriously extreme Yizhar settlement sprayed toxic chemicals on some 100 trees, causing them to die.

The trees belong to Barakat Ghalib and Taysir Najjar, Daghlas added.

The PA Ministry of Agriculture tested a sample from the trees and says it found traces of chemicals, without providing further details.

Settlers routinely attack Palestinians and their property with impunity.
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