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Israeli settlers farm on land confiscated from Palestinian village

Jan. 17, 2014 11:40 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 19, 2014 2:24 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Israeli settlers accompanied by Israeli forces early Friday began farming on lands confiscated from Palestinian farmers in a village south of Hebron, a popular committee coordinator told Ma'an.

Ratib al-Jbour said that the settlers began planting saplings on land that was confiscated from the village of al-Hathaleen.

Approximately 150 dunams (37 acres) were confiscated months ago, he said.

Israeli forces detained several shepherds from the al-Hathaleen family, Al-Jbour said, without providing further details.

An Israeli army spokesman did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

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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