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Settlers uproot more than 1,000 olive saplings near Ramallah

Feb. 2, 2014 2:40 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 5, 2014 10:44 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Jewish settlers on Sunday vandalized private Palestinian agricultural lands north of Ramallah and uprooted more than 1000 olive trees and newly planted saplings, a Palestinian official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement-related activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that a group of settlers from the Shilo settlement uprooted more than 1000 saplings in the village of Sinjil north of Ramallah.

He highlighted that the attack was the second of its kind in a week.

The trees were planted three years ago as part of a project funded by the International Red Cross Committee.

In 2012, there were 353 incidents of settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Settler regularly target Palestinian olive trees for attack.

Over 90 percent of investigations into settler violence by Israeli police fail to lead to an indictment.

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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