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Palestine: Israeli settlers spray Olive trees with toxic chemicals

26th May 2013

By Saed Bannoura

Nablus, (IMEMC & Agencies): A number of armed extremist Israeli settlers invaded a Palestinian olive orchard that belong to two residents of Burin village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, before spraying the trees with dangerous chemicals, causing the trees to die.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official in charge of Israeli settlement file in the northern part of the West Bank, stated that “a number of settlers came from the Yitzahar nearby illegal settlement, and killed 103 olive trees by spraying them with dangerous chemicals”, the Maan News Agency has reported.
Daghlas added that the olive trees are located in the Al-Halouf area, in Burin. The attacked orchards belong to residents Barakat Ghaleb and Taiseer An-Najjar, both from Burin.
He further stated that experts of the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture arrived at the scene, examined the trees and confirmed that the settlers used very dangerous chemicals.
The attack is similar to a dozens of attacks in which the settlers flooded Palestinian orchards with waste-water, in addition to burning orchards, farmlands and uprooting trees in different part of the occupied West Bank.


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