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Palestine: Olive trees set on fire, Jerusalemite forced to demolish his own home & arrests including children

Jewish settlers set on fire dozens of olive trees

NABLUS, (PIC)– Twenty Palestinian olive trees were set on fire on Saturday night near Burin village, south of Nablus, after Jewish settlers from Bracha settlement attacked the area.

Ghassan Daghlas, in charge of monitoring settlement activity north of the West Bank, said that dozens of settlers attacked the fields south of Burin village and chased away shepherds.

He said that the settlers set fire to the olive trees burning out 20 of them and damaging many others.

Dahglas pointed out that more than 50 Jewish settlers wearing white clothes assaulted the shepherds triggering violent confrontations. He added that Israeli occupation forces arrived to the scene and fired teargas at Palestinian citizens.

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IOA forces Jerusalemite to demolish his own home

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) forced a Palestinian citizen in the occupied city of Jerusalem to demolish his home under the pretext that it was built without permit.

According to local sources, the IOA-controlled Jerusalem municipality forced the citizen Munther Hijazi, 57, to demolish his house at Saadia neighborhood in Jerusalem, which is inhabited by nine people.

Hijazi said that the occupation ordered him to demolish his house and imposed on him fines of about 80 thousand shekels (about $22 thousand), under the pretext of construction without permit.

He added that thirteen years ago he had paid fines of $36 thousand shekels (about ten thousand dollars), imposed by an Israeli court in Jerusalem for illegal construction.

Meanwhile, Israeli press sources claimed that the number of settlers in the West Bank has become almost equal to half the number of Palestinian citizens there, and is still increasing.

According to Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, there are more than 1.4 million Palestinians living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, while about 700 thousand of Jews live in the region, including 385 thousand in the West Bank and 300 thousand others in Jerusalem.

It described this increase of the Jewish population as “amazing”, noting that the number of settlers in the West Bank has doubled since the second Intifada (uprising).

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IOF soldiers detain West Bankers including children

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up a number of Palestinian youths and kids in the West Bank over the past 24 hours and released two children a few hours after their arrest.

Palestinian security sources told Quds Press that IOF soldiers arrested a university student in Doura town in Al-Khalil.

They said that the soldiers also detained two 11-year-old children after breaking into their homes in the Old City of Al-Khalil then handed them to the Palestinian liaison office a few hours later.

Other soldiers arrested a young man in Beit Ummar village, north of Al-Khalil, local sources said, adding that he was suffering from psychological and neurological diseases. They said that he was the same youth who soldiers forced him to drink wine a few days earlier.

Locals in Tabaka village also in Al-Khalil said that IOF soldiers burst into their village and searched a number of homes before serving summonses to young men for intelligence questioning.

Meanwhile, IOF soldiers detained a 23-year-old youth in Harmle village, Bethlehem province. The soldiers had arrested a 13-year-old boy from his home in Beit Jala village, also in Bethlehem, on Saturday on charges of throwing stones at the soldiers.

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Jordanian captives on 53rd day of hunger strike

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Jordanian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails have entered on Sunday their 53rd day of hunger strike protesting maltreatment and continued detention.

The prisoners include Abdullah al-Barghouthi, who is serving the highest prison term in history with 67 life terms along with others.

They demand allowing their relatives to visit them and their transfer to Jordanian jails to complete their sentences there.

Sentences against Jordanian prisoners vary from ten years to life in jail and most of them are originally Palestinians but with Jordanian nationality.

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