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Israel confiscates private Palestinian land near Nablus

Dec. 17, 2013 5:34 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 19, 2013 10:48 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities confiscated ten dunams and restricted access to 500 dunams of private agricultural Palestinian land in the village of Qusra south of Nablus on Tuesday, an official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that the Israeli liaison department in Nablus officially notified its Palestinian counterpart of the confiscation order.

The land, he added, is located between the village and an illegal Israeli settlement outpost called Esh Kodesh.

Daghlas added that the Israelis told their Palestinian counterparts that farmers were not allowed access to an area of more than 500 dunams around the confiscated land.

"This means," he said, "they are confiscating 500 more dunams."

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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