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Israeli settlers from Ariel raze Salfit agricultural land

Oct. 6, 2013 1:34 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 7, 2013 12:42 P.M.)
SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers from Ariel on Sunday razed agricultural land in Salfit, a local researcher said.

Khaled Maali, a researcher on settlements in the Salfit area, told Ma'an that settlers leveled the land for construction work to expand the illegal settlement.

Settlers used construction machinery to crush rocks to use for paving stones, Maali added.

The illegal Israeli settlement of Ariel is home to some to some 20,000 settlers and is built 16 km east of the green line.

The separation wall built around the settlement separates seven Palestinian villages north of the Ariel from the city of Salfit.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law. The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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