Israeli settlers plant trees in a Palestinian-owned land in West Bank today.

Israeli settlers today planted trees in a Palestinian-owned land in an area south of the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem in a prelude to taking it over, according to a local official.

Hasan Breijieh, director of the Bethlehem office of the Wall and Settlements Resistance Commission, told that settlers planted olive trees in a land owned by Zeinab Abu Sneineh in an area near the village of Irtas. This step is usually a prelude to seizing the land.

He said the Israeli army had previously seized land in the same area and considered it state-owned.

Meanwhile, Israeli army bulldozers razed land south of Bethlehem located between the illegal settlements of Migdal Oz and Ifrat, said Breijieh.

He said the 2-dunum plot is located near the entrance to Migdal Oz and is owned by a local Palestinian family that has the official ownership land deeds.

(Source: Days of Palestine)


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