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Settlers destroy 700 olive tree saplings near Ramallah

Feb. 20, 2014 9:43 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 22, 2014 11:15 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) – Extremist settlers destroyed over 700 newly planted olive tree saplings north of Ramallah on Wednesday, a Palestinian Authority official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that a group of settlers from the illegal outpost of Ade Ad carried out the attack.

Over 700 saplings belonging to Mahmoud and Rabah Hizma were either uprooted or broken in the al-Sadir area in Turmusayya.

An identity card belonging to one of the perpetrators was found at the scene.

Settlers routinely attack Palestinians and their property to intimidate local communities to leave their land.

Israel's army is often present during attacks and rarely intervenes to protect Palestinians from settler violence.

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