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OCHA: Jewish settlers persistent in their attacks on Palestinian property last week

12:00 Aug 7 2011 West Bank

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RAMALLAH, (PIC)-- The UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs in the occupied Palestinian lands (OCHA) said the attacks waged by Jewish settlers on Palestinian agricultural properties in the West Bank continued last week.

According to its weekly report, the Jewish settlers set fire to agricultural lands in Turmusaya village in Ramallah city, and Burin and Awarta villages in Nablus city destroying 400 almond and olive trees. They also attacked firemen in Burin as they were trying to extinguish the fire.

The report noted that the Jewish settlers have uprooted and destroyed about 4,000 trees belonging to Palestinian farmers since the start of this year.

OCHA emphasized that all Israel's settlements are illegal under international humanitarian law regardless of their planning status as well as settlements are one of the main factors behind access restrictions, insecurity and displacement of Palestinians in the West Bank, undermining the living conditions of many Palestinians in the West Bank.

In the context of a petition filed by the Israeli NGO, Peace Now, in June 2006, the Israeli higher Court issued a ruling ordering the Israeli occupation authority to dismantle the unauthorized settlement outpost of Migron in Ramallah city by March 2012.

To date, there are some dozens of Jewish settlers living in this outpost, considered to be the largest in the West Bank. The outpost was built on private and registered land belonging to Palestinians from the nearby villages of Deir Dibwan and Burqa, OCHA said.
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