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Israeli forces uproot trees, level land near Bethlehem

May 19, 2014 4:04 P.M. (Updated: May 19, 2014 7:33 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers leveled large tracts of Palestinian land in the Bethlehem-area village of Nahalin on Monday, locals said.

Head of the village council, Majid Ghayatha, told Ma'an that Israeli bulldozers uprooted dozens of olive and almond trees in the Wad Salem area.

Several grapevines were also destroyed.

Israeli military forces deployed on hilltops above the village to prevent land owners from accessing their fields.

Locals told Ma'an that they believe Israeli forces are clearing land for a new road connecting the Neve Daniel and Beitar Ilit settlements.

A spokesman for Israel's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories did not answer calls seeking comment.
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