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Israeli settlers uproot olive trees in northern West Bank

Israeli settlers uprooted during the night a number of saplings planted in Deir Istiya and Hares towns, west of the northern West Bank city of Salfit.

He quoted Amjad Sultan, a Palestinian farmer, saying that a group of settlers sneaked into Khallet Abu al-Ala, west of Hares town, and destroyed some fig and olive saplings in an attempt to prevent the villagers from reclaiming their farmlands threatened with being confiscated from Israeli colonial settlement construction.

Khallet Abu al-Ala, a tract of 42 dunums, belongs to the villagers of Hares and Deir Istiya.

The settlers came from the Revava colonial settlement.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

Meanwhile, in the south of the West Bank, Israeli soldiers uprooted more than 30 olive saplings planted by a local farmer after destroying his land in al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, according to Ahmad Salah, a local activist.