Settlers torch olive trees near Ramallah

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Thursday cut down and torched over 50 olive trees in the central West Bank village of Deir Jarir north of Ramallah.

Residents of Ofra settlement stormed fields belonging to Muhammad Jihad Shujaiyya and Muhammad Mahmoud Hamdan and cut down trees before setting fire to them, witnesses told Ma’an.

Israeli forces arrived and the landowners argued with the soldiers, accusing them of protecting settlers as they attacked Palestinian land.

In April, settlers from Ofra set fire to 10 cars in Deir Jarir.

In an earlier incident, settlers assaulted a 60-year-old judge in the area, leaving him unconscious. Palestinians responded by setting fire to Israeli caravans in a nearby outpost.

(Source / 02.05.2013)

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