Israeli Forces Raze Land in Qalandia Village to Expand Separation Wall

JERUSALEM, November 27, 2011 (WAFA) – Israeli bulldozers razed Sunday the agricultural land north of the village of Qlandia, south of the city of Ramallah, in preparation of expanding the Separation Wall, according to witnesses.

Witnesses said that two Israeli bulldozers, accompanied by borders’ guards, razed land, belonging to the village’s residents, to steal it in favor of expanding ‘Atarot’ settlement.

They added that the Wall will separate a number of the residents’ homes from their village, and will completely isolate the village from the outside world.

Head of Qalandia village council, Yousef Awad, said that the razing process is going very fast and is destroying a lot of land, indicating that the villagers had confronted the soldiers and bulldozers, however, they continued bulldozing.

He called for an intervention to stop the bulldozing that targets the village’s land.

Awad indicated that the area of the land, which is inhabited by 1100 Palestinians, intended to be seized is estimated to around 400 dumuns (1 dunum=1000 square meters), and is owned by a number of the village’s residents.

( / 27.11.2011)

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