Israeli Bulldozers Raze Land, Destroy Irrigation Networks in Jericho

12:00 Nov 21 2011 Jericho

JERICHO, November 22, 2011 (WAFA) – Israeli Bulldozers Tuesday razed an agricultural land, belonging to Palestinian farmer Hassan Erekat, and destroyed the irrigation networks considered the main water source to the land in an area northeast of the West Bank city of Jericho.

Erekat told WAFA that Israeli bulldozers, under the protection of Israeli soldiers, razed 18 dunums (1 dunum=1000 square meters) of land planted with corn crops and destroyed the infrastructure of the irrigation networks that irrigate about 120 dunums of the agricultural land.

“I have been planting this land since the mid eighties and I never got any notice from the Israeli government as it claims, “he said.

Governor of Jericho and the Jordon Valley, Majid Fityani, condemned the ongoing attacks against Jericho residents and declaration of land as a closed military zone, in addition the bulldozing and confiscation policy.

He also condemned forcing the farmers to get a prior permission in order to enter their land.

He affirmed that these Israeli measures will only increase the steadfastness of the farmers.

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