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Illegal Israeli Jewish Settlers Set Fire to Agricultural Land Near Al-Khalil

[ 09/06/2011 - 10:47 AM ]


 Illegal Israeli Jewish settlers from Kiryat Arba settlement started a big fire in Palestinian farms south of Al-Khalil city (Hebron) on Wednesday afternoon, local sources reported.

They said that tens of settlers attacked the farmland located between their settlement and Bani Naim village, south of Al-Khalil city, setting vast areas cultivated with wheat on fire.

The sources noted that the blaze quickly spread in hundreds of dunums surrounding the settlement, adding that Palestinian fire brigades rushed to the scene but the fire was much bigger than their capabilities.

Jewish settlers in the West Bank almost daily assault citizens and damage their cultivated land lots in a bid to terrorize them away and annex the land. Israeli occupation army gives a blind eye to such practices and even protects those settlers.

Settlers Burn Palestinian Crops Near Hebron

Wednesday June 08, 2011 17:46 by David Steele - 1 of International Middle East Media Center Editorial Group

The Palestine News Network reports that on Wednesday afternoon, illegal Israeli Jewish extremist settlers set fire to crops owned by Palestinian farmers near Hebron.

It is alleged that the settlers came from the settlement of Kiryat Arba. The wheat crops and land they were planted on are owned by Palestinians from the village of Bani Naim. The crops were entirely destroyed.

Palestinians have condemned the attack, including the Governor of Hebron, who points out that were the Israeli government to withdraw its support, the settlers would not be able to carry out such attacks. Prosecution for criminal acts by settlers against Palestinians is virtually unheard of.

Both the Israeli and Palestinian fire services helped to extinguish the fire once it began rapidly spreading, although the Israeli fire service was criticised for only extinguishing those parts of the fire that threatened the settlement.

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