The Israeli occupation authority declared its intention to seize hundreds of dunums of Palestinian lands from the villages of Burin, Madama, and Asira al-Qibliya, south of Nablus to expand the Yitzhar settlement.
Ghassan Daghlas, an official monitoring the settlement activity in the northern West Bank, said that IOA delivered notices on Monday regarding the confiscation of more lands from the areas of: Al-Marj and Jabal Al-Nathr in Burin, Bab al-Marj, Khallat al-Marj, and al-Aqdah in Madama, and Lahif Salman and Al-Aqdah in Asira al-Qibliya. This measure aims at making way for expanding Yitzhar settlement, building new settlement units, and opening a road serving settlers, he added.
Daghlas added that the occupation authority is considering the Yitzhar settlement as a town and aims to change the classification of lands from agricultural to residential in the interest of urban expansion. This threatens the confiscation of more lands and more restrictions on the residents of the southern countryside of Nablus, he elaborated.
The IOA had established about 503 settlement outposts in the occupied Palestinian territories, 474 of which are in the West Bank, and 29 in Jerusalem. These areas constitute more than 46% of the total area of the West Bank, in which about 800,000 Jewish settlers live.