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Locals: Settlers torch wheat fields in Yatta

May 28, 2013 3:08 P.M. (Updated: May 29, 2013 6:58 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Settlers on Tuesday set fire to wheat fields in a village east of Yatta, locals said.

The blaze destroyed 5,000 square meters of crops, director of Hebron's fire service Amjad Uweiwi said, before crews managed to extinguish the fire.

Ibrahim Abdul-Hamid, one of the landowners, told Ma'an that settlers started the fire.

"What happened today is an episode in a sequence of attacks targeting our farmers, especially in the fields adjacent to Route 60," he said.

The Mayor of Yatta Mousa Makahmira condemned the attack.
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