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Israeli settlers chop down olive trees, destroy crops in Masafer Yatta area

HEBRON, Wednesday, May 18, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers today chopped down at least 20 olive trees and destroyed agricultural crops belonging to a Palestinian resident in Masafer Yatta area to the south of Hebron, in the southern occupied West Bank, according to a local activist.

Coordinator of the Protection and Steadfastness Committees in Masafer Yatta, Fouad al-Amour told WAFA settlers from a nearby illegal settlement stormed a land belonging to a local resident in Masafer yatta area, and chopped down at least 20 fully-grown olive trees.

Settlers reportedly destroyed three dunums of agricultural land planted with seasonal crops.

He stressed that this attack comes as part of a series of continuous attacks by the occupation and settlers against Masafer yatta families and their properties, which witnessed a significant escalation in the recent period.

In early May, Israel’s top court gave the army the green light to forcibly expel the residents of Masafer Yatta communities in the southern West Bank district of Hebron.

Israel’s High Court ruled in favor of the forcible displacement of some 1,300 Palestinians living in twelve villages or hamlets making up the Masafer Yatta area.


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