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Settlers uproot trees in Ramallah village for second time in 3 weeks

Feb. 9, 2014 12:53 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 11, 2014 10:25 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers early Sunday raided private Palestinian land near Ramallah and uprooted hundreds of newly planted olive trees, locals told Ma'an.

Locals said that dozens of settlers raided fields in the village of Sinjil north of Ramallah and uprooted and stole 800 olive saplings.

The saplings had been planted days earlier after settlers uprooted olive trees in the same area on Jan. 22.

Those trees were planted in coordination with a project funded by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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

Since 1967, approximately 800,000 olive trees have been uprooted in the occupied West Bank, according to a joint report by the Palestinian Authority 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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