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Thursday, 11 January 2018 15:47

Israeli settlers vandalize Palestinian farm lands

Israeli settlers used bulldozers to vandalize some agricultural lands belonging to Palestinian families in Nablus city’s Madama district in occupied West Bank on Wednesday.

Israeli soldiers intervened against Palestinian residents reacting against settlers' vandalizing of their lands; five Palestinian journalists, who were trying to photograph the incident, were detained briefly by Israeli soldiers.

Anadolu Agency photo journalist Nidal Shtaya said soldiers seized journalists' press cards and prevented them from taking pictures of the incident.

Madama district Mayor Ehab al-Qad told Anadolu Agency Israeli soldiers attacked local residents with rubber bullets and tear gas.

"The Jewish settlers are trying to seize these lands, vandalizing them with bulldozers. We call upon all legal institutions, media outlets and authorities to side with Palestinians against those Jewish settlers coming here and vandalizing the lands," al-Qad said.

Tension have been high in the Palestinian territories since Dec. 6, when US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, triggering condemnation and protest from across the Arab and Muslim world.

Since then, 12 Palestinians have been martyred -- and thousands injured -- in clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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