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Official: Israeli soldiers uproot 300 olive trees near Nablus

March 18, 2015 10:40 P.M. (Updated: March 20, 2015 4:44 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Wednesday evening uprooted 300 olive trees and destroyed more than 5,000 meters of stone barriers belonging to Palestinians in the village of Majdal Bani Fadil south of Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that dozens of Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers raided the area in the evening.

He said that the soldiers entered the Kfar Ataya area, located on the northern side of the village, and uprooted hundreds of trees.

Daghlas told Ma'an that the trees belonged to villagers Maher Abd al-Raouf Khatib and Bashar Abdullah Ahmad.

He said that they had been planted as part of an agricultural project in the area.

Israeli authorities have apparently objected to the project and Daghlas said the matter was currently in court.

Israel's Civil Administration told Ma'an that there was no "uprooting," but "rather a demolition was carried out against terraces which were built illegally without the necessary permits on state lands."

Majdal Bani Fadil is located on the eastern edge of the Nablus region, and is surrounded by areas under Israeli military control as well as Israeli settlements on all sides.
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