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Settlers uproot 15 olive trees in Salfit

Nov. 25, 2013 11:31 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 25, 2013 8:20 P.M.)
SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Settlers uprooted 15 olive trees in the Salfit village of Bruqin on Monday, a local committee said.

The popular committee against the wall and settlements told Ma'an that settlers from the outpost of Brukhin destroyed over 15 trees belonging to the Sheikh Omar family.

Last Monday, settlers destroyed at least 26 olive trees in the Nablus village of Qusra. A day earlier, settlers destroyed 106 olive trees in Yatta.

Over 7,500 olive trees were damaged or destroyed by settlers between January and mid-October in 2012, according to OCHA.

Israeli authorities rarely investigate or prosecute violent crimes carried out against Palestinian communities by settlers.

Since 1967, 800,000 olive trees have been uprooted in the occupied West Bank, resulting in a loss of around $55 million to the Palestinian economy, according to a report by the PA ministry and the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem.

The olive industry supports the livelihoods of roughly 80,000 families in the occupied West Bank.
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