BETHLEHEM, Monday, January 21, 2019 (WAFA) – Israeli military bulldozers Monday leveled Palestinian-owned farmland in Battir village, west of Bethlehem, and uprooted trees, said a local municipal source.
Mayor of Battir, Tayseer Qattush, told WAFA that an Israeli military force stormed a 15-dunum-plot of land and provided protection for military bulldozers as they razed the plot owned by Raed and Riyad Abu Harithiya and uproot 60 olive trees.
Reports also said the military seized a mobile home the farmers had placed on their land.
Battir, six kilometers west of Bethlehem, is on the UNESCO world heritage list due to its ancient terraces and Roman-era irrigation system which is still used by villagers to irrigate their crops.
It is home to a Roman spring and bath, an eco-museum and some hiking trails. Its old town is known as the Seven Widows Quarter.