Israeli bulldozers uproot dozens of olive trees

An Israeli army unit backed by bulldozers uprooted dozens of olive trees and prevented farmers from reaching the area.

Israeli bulldozers uproot dozens of olive trees
World Bulletin / News Desk 

Israeli bulldozers uprooted dozens of olive trees in the town of Salfit in the northern West Bank early Thursday, Palestinian farmers said.

According to Palestinian farmers in Salfit's Wadi Qana district, an Israeli army unit backed by bulldozers uprooted dozens of olive trees and prevented farmers from reaching the area by firing teargas and sound grenades.

Six months ago, the Israeli Nature Protection Authority warned Palestinian farmers that it planned to uproot 1,700 olive trees in Wadi Qana on grounds that the area was part of a nature preserve on which the olive trees represented an encroachment.

Israeli authorities could not be reached for comment on the uprooting operation, which was still ongoing as of 8:05am (GMT).

The tourist-friendly Qana Valley, which hosts a stretch of mostly fruit farms, is classified under Area C, which, accounting for 61 percent of the West Bank, remains under full Israeli civil and security control according to the terms of the 1993 Oslo Accords.

All Palestinian building projects in Area C must obtain the prior approval of Israeli authorities.

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