Israeli settlers attack shepherds, cut trees and set up a mobile home on Palestinian land

Trees cut by settlers in the West Bank. (File photo)
Trees cut by settlers in the West Bank (File photo)

Israeli settlers today attacked shepherds and cut olive trees in Masafer Yatta in the south of the West Bank, while others set up a mobile home on land in Beita town in the north of the West Bank as a prelude to taking over the land, according to Palestinian sources.

In Masafer Yatta, settlers from the illegal Maon settlement attacked shepherds as they were grazing their sheep in the open fields and forced them to take their sheep and leave the area, according to Fouad al-Imour, a local activist.

He said that in another incident, settlers from the illegal Mitpze Yair and Susyia settlements, built on expropriated Palestinian land in Masafer Yatta, cut hundreds of olive trees in the area.

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In the north of the West Bank, settlers set up a mobile home on Palestinian land in the town of Beita, near the illegal settlement named 777, which is often the first step in taking over the land and placing more housing units on it, according to Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the north of the West Bank.

(Source / 22.08.2020)

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