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Israeli forces raze Palestinian agricultural lands in Urif

Feb. 15, 2019 12:28 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 15, 2019 3:15 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces razed and leveled lands in the Urif village, in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, on Friday morning.

Israeli forces also sealed a road with dirt mounds to prevent villagers from reaching their agricultural lands.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that Israeli forces and settlers are attempting to “impose a reality” on Palestinian lands classified as Area B by razing and leveling large area of lands and preventing farmers from reaching their lands by placing dirt mounds to block the road.

Palestinian farmers own more than 200 dunams of agricultural lands in the eastern area of Urif.

Daghlas pointed out that the razing comes hours after Israeli settlers, from the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Yitzhar, complained about the opening of an agricultural road for Palestinian farmers in Urif, which caused clashes to erupt between locals and Israeli forces and settlers.

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