Settlers set fire to Palestinian crops, IOF troops burn olive groves

[ 17/06/2011 – 02:22 PM ]

NABLUS, (PIC)– Extremist Jewish settlers on Thursday torched Palestinian crops in agricultural land belonging to the villagers of Awarta to the south east of the Northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Qais Awwad, head of the village council of Awarta, told the PIC correspondent that settlers from Itamar and Yitzhar  settlements were behind the fires in the villagers fields.

Awwad added that seven dunums (1 dunum= 1000 square meters) planted with wheat was affected by the fire before the Palestinian fire brigades managed to control the fire.

He also said that settlers riding cars hurled rocks at Palestinian cars at the main entrance of the village.

Awwad added that villagers’ lands close to the Hawwara military camp are polluted by sewage water from the camp which is purposely disposed of in this way to cause damage to the Palestinian agricultural sector, not to mention the resulting presence of mosquitos and diseases associated with sewage water.

Meanwhile, IOF troops combing areas close to the village of Ya’bad west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin set fire to olive groves on Thursday afternoon  resulting in a fire which went out of control.

Local sources said that the IOF troops started the fire and local residents as well as the Palestinian fire brigades fought the fire and managed to put it off, but only after the fire destroyed 30 dunums of olive groves.

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