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With the annexation plan looming in the air, Israel intensifies opening new settlement roads

 

NABLUS, Wednesday, June 10, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli bulldozers are actively working on opening settlement roads in the north and east of the occupied West Bank apparently in preparation for the annexation of a large area of the Palestinian territory.

Bulldozers have been working for the last two weeks on opening a road for the settlers that would bypass Palestinian towns south of Nablus in the north of the West Bank, according to Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the north of the West Bank.

He told WAFA that Israeli bulldozers have been razing Palestinian-owned land and uprooting olive trees near Huwwara military camp to build the 7-kilometer-long bypass road approved by the Israeli government in 2014.

Israel expropriated more than 400 dunums of Palestinian land from seven villages to the south of Nablus in 2019 in order to build this road, said Daghlas.

In the Jordan Valley, Israeli army bulldozers worked today on opening a road for settlers to be built on land that belongs to Palestinians in Froush Beit Dajan village in the central Jordan Valley, according to Daghlas.

He said the road, built west of the illegal Alhamra settlement, is intended to serve a number of settlements in that area.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the annexation process is going to start on July 1 amidst strong Palestinian and international objections.

K.T./M.K.

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