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Israeli forces seize Palestinian waste collection vehicle

Aug. 2, 2017 4:20 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 2, 2017 10:19 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday night seized a waste collection vehicle belonging to the municipality of the town of Qabalan, south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who watches settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that Israeli forces chased down a “waste collection vehicle” while it was on its way to the nearby town of Aqraba to collect waste.

According to Daghlas,Israeli forces confiscated the vehicle and lead it to the Huwwara military base south of Nablus city.

A spokesperson from COGAT, the Israeli agency responsible for implementing the Israeli government’s policies in the occupied Palestinian territory, told Ma'an that "a truck was caught being used to dump illegal waste near Aqraba."

"The return of the truck to its owners will be examined after the commitment of the village heads to dump waste in an organized area."

Sixty percent of the occupied West Bank, known as Area C, falls under complete Israeli military control, as Palestinians are prevented from building in those areas without hard-to-obtain Israeli construction permits.

As a result, the development of Palestinian infrastructure -- including waste management facilities -- has been severely hindered.
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