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Israeli forces, settlers raze lands in Ramallah village

Aug. 19, 2018 1:17 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 20, 2018 12:05 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers, under the armed protection of Israeli forces, stormed the Palestinian village of Ras Karkar in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah on Sunday and began to raze agricultural lands in the area.

According to local sources, Israeli settlers along with bulldozers started to raze the lands in the village under the protection of Israeli forces.

Sources said that residents of the Ras Karkar village resisted the razing of their lands, causing clashes to break out among the residents and Israeli forces, who were providing protection to the Israeli settlers throughout the attack.

Israeli forces attempted to remove the Palestinian residents from the area by force, however the residents remained standing in their place, refusing to leave before the withdrawal of Israeli settlers and the bulldozers.

Members of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee, as well as the residents succeeded in preventing Israeli settlers from completing the razing of their lands and regained control of the area.

The Israeli NGO B'Tselem reported that "Israeli settler violence and vandalism takes place with full backing by the Israeli authorities. Sometimes soldiers take part in the assault; at other times, they stand idly by. The police makes no substantial effort to investigate the incidents, nor takes measures to prevent them or stop them in real time."
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