Jewish settlers on Sunday bulldozed a vast tract of Palestinian-owned agricultural land in Jalud village, south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank.
Local official Ghassan Daghlas said that Jalud villagers discovered in the morning that their lands were razed and spoilt by bulldozers belonging to settlers from the nearby illegal outposts of Ahiya and Esh Kodesh, adding that local farmers had already been banned from reaching their lands by Israeli soldiers.
Daghlas affirmed that the Israeli occupation army prevents farmers from cultivating their lands in the eastern plain of the village.
He said that the settlers bulldozed more than 10 dunums of Palestinian land, deployed water pipelines, planted trees for them on parts of the land, and transported a large amount of soil from the plain to their outposts.
During the past two years, the Israeli army deliberately prevented local farmers from harvesting 250 dunums of wheat on this land, which led to the devastation of all crops.
In a separate incident, a group of settlers attacked Palestinian shepherds in the Jordan Valley of Tuba province and unleashed their dogs on their sheep.
Some sheep were badly hurt by the settlers’ dogs, according to local official Omar Faqha.