Settlers Seize Lands Southeast of Nablus

PNN – Palestine News Network -28.12.10 – 13:46

Nablus – PNN – Settlers from the Kida settlement, southeast of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, seized 60 dunums of village lands in the Jaloud district and brought the total of seized land to 100 dunums in the past week.

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A row of newly built settlements (PNN Archive).

“A number of settlers came last night and seized 60 more dunums,” explained Ghassan Douglas, the Palestinian Authority (PA) official in charge of filing settler attacks, “meaning they now control the rest of the Central Khala Abu Shabraqeh plain. It is surrounded by the Ahya settlement in the west and the Kida settlement in the east.”

He added, “Now they have control over the entire area, which is famous for its fertility.”

Three days ago, area settlers seized 20 dunums of land, adding to another 20 dunums stolen last week.

Eyewitnesses said that settlers in the settlement of Shafout Raheel had continued to expand their outpost by clearing the surrounding land and building a number of houses and mobile homes.

The village council of Jaloud released a press statement confirming that the village was “entering a dangerous stage of settlement,” and said the main road linking Jaloud and agricultural lands to the east had been closed. Jaloud is now surrounded by settlements on four sides: Shafout Raheel, Ahya, Kida, and Adi Ad.

PNN – Palestine News Network – Settlers Seize Lands Southeast of Nablus.

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