Occupation

Israeli forces raze large tracts of land in north of the West Bank

Tulkarm (QNN) – Israeli occupation forces paved today a settlers-only road and razed large tracts of Palestinian–owned land in Kafr al-Labad village, east of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarm, according to the head of the village council, Ihab Ghazaleh.

He told official news agency WAFA that occupation soldiers escorted bulldozers into an area of the village where they leveled large tracts of lands and paved a 10 meter–long road for settlers leading to the illegal colonial settlement of Avni Hefetz.

He added that this land, which amounts to 600 dunums in area, has been a regular target of the settlers and Israeli army and any attempt by Palestinians to reclaim their land and plant it was fiercely attacked by the settlers and soldiers, who often sabotage the work and steal equipment used in the work.

Ghazaleh said the land in question is owned by village residents who have official documents proving ownership, explaining that building a road for settlers there would close main access to the village that connects it to Tulkarm city.

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