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Israel cuts down olive trees in East Jerusalem for settler road

Jan. 12, 2017 8:59 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 15, 2017 6:35 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces uprooted and cut down tens of olive trees in the Karam al-Mufti area of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem on Thursday, as part of an ongoing construction of a road connecting a nearby illegal settlement with the Israeli Ministry of Interior, according to locals.

Local activist Muhammad Abu al-Hummus told Ma’an that Israeli authorities have been uprooting and cutting down tens of olive trees planted in the area for the last week, transferring the trees to unknown locations.

According to al-Hummus, Israeli authorities put signs in the Karam al-Mufti area last year, declaring that construction works would be conducted on the land “in accordance with Articles 5 and 7 of the law,” the construction and planning law regulated 1965 and plan number 4329.

A spokesperson for Israel’s Jerusalem municipality was not immediately available for comment.

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