Israeli settlers cause environmental damage to Bethlehem villages

[ 04/02/2011 – 07:53 PM ]


BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– Israeli settlers on Thursday caused environmental damage to fields belonging to residents of the villages of Husan, Wadi Fokin and Nahalin to the west of Bethlehem when they pumped large amounts of waste water the fields.

Olive trees and plantations of Palestinian farmers in the villages were damaged, said Osama Shakarneh, head of the Nahaleen village council.

He added that the incident wasn’t isolated as the settlers repeatedly attack those villages and carryout such barbaric practices against Palestinian lands in a bid to confiscate and usurp them.

Moreover, Shakarneh pointed out that bad condition in the three villages was also aggravated when the Israeli electricity company erected high voltage poles across the village of Nahaleen on lands owned by the Palestinian farmers.

Meanwhile, the IOF troops stationed at the Atarah checkpoint, north of Ramallah, intentionally caused traffic jam after they held Palestinian vehicles for long hours for “security” reasons, badly affecting students and sick people seeking medical treatment.

Atarah checkpoint is a vital route for Palestinian commuters as it separates the north of West Bank from central and southern regions that made the IOF troops seal it off any time they wish to harass the commuters and disrupt schools and businesses.

Israeli settlers cause environmental damage to Bethlehem villages.

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