Israeli forces, settlers uproot trees in West Bank

RAMALLAH, Israeli forces and settlers Tuesday uprooted hundreds of olive trees in the village of Bardala, in the Jordan Valley, and in Yatta in the south of the West Bank, according to local sources.

They said the Israeli army uprooted about 450 olive trees belonging in Bardala under the pretext that they were planted in a state land.

Meanwhile, Israeli settlers uprooted over 23 olive saplings in an area east of Yatta in the south of the occupied West Bank.

Rateb Jabour, coordinator of the National and Popular Committee in southern Hebron, told WAFA that settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Ma’on uprooted the trees in an attempt to force Palestinians to leave their lands in favor of settlements projects and expansion.

Both the Jordan Valley and the Yatta area are considered Area C of the occupied West Bank, which is under full Israeli military control where Palestinians are not allowed to develop or benefit from.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency