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Israeli settlers level agricultural land near Ramallah

April 7, 2016 4:49 P.M. (Updated: April 7, 2016 4:49 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A group of Israeli settlers leveled Palestinian agricultural lands escorted by Israeli forces on Thursday near the village of Deir Ghassana in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.

Local sources told Ma’an that Israeli settlers uprooted trees and leveled lands using heavy vehicles.

A spokesperson for Israel’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) could not be reached for comment.

Deir Ghassana, in the town of Bani Zeid, is located near the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit Aryeh-Ofarim.

According to the Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem (ARIJ), thousands of dunams of land has been lost over the years in Bani Zeid through Israeli confiscations of land for the construction of Israeli settlements, Israeli bypass roads, the Israeli separation wall, and to isolate agricultural land.

Attacks by Israeli settlers' living near Bani Zeid have historically attempted to intimidate Palestinians from accessing and returning to their agricultural lands that are located in close proximity to the settlements.

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