The Israeli occupation army on Monday afternoon confiscated a truck laden with three tons of Palestinian-made charcoal in Ya’bad town, south of Jenin in the West Bank.
Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that this load of charcoal was seized at the behest of the commander of the Israeli army in the region, who already threatened to prevent the production of charcoal in Ya’bad.
For its part, The union of coal workers affirmed that the seized truckload of charcoal was produced in a workshop belonging to a citizen from Ya’bad and was taken by Israeli soldiers to the Salem military base in Jenin.
“The coal industry is the only source of livelihood for many families in Ya’bad town…but, it has been targeted and undermined by Israeli measures in recent years,” the union said.
Last August, the Israeli army confiscated around 20 tons of wood belonging to three charcoal factories in Ya’bad, claiming the Palestinian coal industry violates environmental regulations and disturbs Jewish settlers living in the area.
(Source / 26.09.2017)