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)