3000 Settlers Storm Palestinian Lands in the West Bank, Protesting Farmers Attacked by Troops

PNN – Palestine News Network – 20.01.11 – 14:01

Bethlehem – PNN – On Thursday morning around three thousand Israeli settlers stormed farmlands owned by Palestinian villagers near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.

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Farmers owning the land from Ertas and Wadi Rahal marched up to the lands seized by settlers. Israeli soldiers protecting settlers fired tear gas and assaulted some of the protestors. Troops detained Khalil Abu Sidah, 17, but released him three hours later.

Palestinian journalists said that Israeli soldiers stopped them from covering the incidents. Villagers say that the settlers brought tents with them, indicating that they would try to set up a new settlement outpost.

In related news on Thursday, a group of Israeli settlers planted trees on the site of the evacuated settlement of Homesh in the northern West Bank. In 2005, Homesh was evacuated as part of Israel’s 2005 disengagement plan from the northern West Bank and Gaza Strip.


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