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Israeli authorities to destroy olive groves for 'security purposes'

Nov. 9, 2013 5:04 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 11, 2013 10:08 A.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Families in the Palestinian town of Yabad woke up this morning to find their olive trees covered in Israeli military signs in Hebrew and English announcing the army's intention to chop down their olive orchards, locals told Ma'an.

Locals were surprised when they visited their lands near the northern West Bank town's main street and saw orders and maps hung up by Israeli forces on olive trees saying that the army planned to cut their trees for "security purposes."

Head of Yabad municipality, Samer Abu Baker, told Ma'an that a few days ago Israeli forces had threatened locals that if any further incidents of Palestinians throwing rocks at occupation troops occurred in the area, forces would uproot the olive trees in response.

Abu Baker said that the municipality received the orders and the map which are written in both English and Hebrew, but not Arabic.

The orders are signed by the head of the Israeli forces in "Judea and Samaria," the Israeli term used to refer to the West Bank.

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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