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Israeli settlers uproot, steal olive saplings from West Bank

Israeli settlers Wednesday morning uprooted and stole scores of olive saplings from Jalud village, south of the West Bank city of Nablus, according to an activist.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Israeli colonial settlement activities in the northern West Bank, said that a group of settlers sneaked their way into al-Sheikh Bishr area in the village, where they uprooted and stole 40 olive saplings belonging to Rajeh Hamoud.

In February, settlers broke into a sheep barn belonging to a shepherd from the Hamoud family, causing damage to the barn and stealing sheep.

The settlers came from the nearby colonial settlement outpost of Ahiya, constructed on confiscated Palestinian land.

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

Settler violence includes property and mosque arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.

Over 700,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.