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Israeli settlers chop down 45 olive trees south of Hebron

Jan. 9, 2015 5:26 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 10, 2015 6:00 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israelis from the Jewish-only settlement on Friday raided Palestinian land and chopped down 45 olive trees outside of Yatta, south of Hebron in the southern West Bank.

Coordinator of a local popular committee, Rateb al-Jubour, said that the settlers raided lands belonging to local farmers in the area of Shaab al-Butm, chopping down dozens of olive trees at least three decades old.

He identified the farmers whose lands were raided during the attack as Jibril and Khaled Muhammad Abu Arram.

Al-Jubour condemned the settlers' constant assaults on Palestinians in and around Yatta that he said aimed to Palestinian residents from the area.

Settler outposts in the south Hebron hills have an adverse effect on local Palestinian communities through a combination of physical violence and restrictions on movement.

Located in Area C of the West Bank which is under full Israeli military control, Palestinians in the south Hebron hills suffer from extreme electricity and water shortages and face violent intimidation from the Israeli army and radical settlers.

Less than 1 percent of Area C has been planned for Palestinian development, while some 135 settlements and over 100 outposts for Jews have been built in the same area.
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