Israeli Forces Destroy Agricultural Ponds in Eastern Hebron

12:00 Nov 17 2011 Al-Baqa'a, east of Hebron

HEBRON, November 17, 2011 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Thursday destroyed agricultural ponds and equipments, irrigation systems and crops in Al Baqa'a area, east of Hebron in southern West Bank, according to witnesses.

Ayyad Jaber, one of the farmers, told WAFA that Israeli bulldozers and heavy machinery, under the protection of Israeli soldiers, who were accompanied by officials from civil administration and police along with border guards, raided the area and destroyed the agricultural ponds which farms use to irrigate their crops.

Farmer Badawi Al-Rajabi’s pond, which he restored several times after Israeli soldiers repeatedly destroyed it in the last years, was destroyed again, witnesses said.

Farmer Atta Jaber said that the occupation authorities are bulldozing these ponds and crops in east of Hebron in order to expel the farmers and seizure their land, aiming to expand settlements of 'Kiryat Arba' and 'Kharsina'.

This area is one of the most fertile land in Hebron, which is threatened to be seized by the occupation authorities, and where residents are constantly attacked and harassed by the settlers.

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