Israel Decides to Build Settlement Road Seizing 800 Dunums of Beit Ummar

HEBRON, September 28, 2011 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities Wednesday notified the municipality of the town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron in the southern West Bank, of its decision to build a new settlement bypass road that threats to seize more than 800 dunums of the town’s land, according to Spokesman of the National Committee against the Wall and settlement, Mohammed Awad.

He said that the Israeli authorities handed a military decision to build a bypass road that starts from the settlement of Etzion and passes through the town of Beit Ummar and seizes lands that belong to an agricultural school.

According to the decision, the building of the road will start next week, leaving the Palestinian residents with no time to appeal before Israeli courts.

He said that this road, which will be eight kilometers high and 160 meters wide, will seize 800 dunums of the town lands, where it will be built over the old street that is currently used but with the expansion of eight meters from each side.

The committee called to hold events to resist the land confiscation and settlement expansion that take over hundreds of dunums, which are the livelihood for dozens of the Palestinian families.

( / 28.09.2011)

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