Israeli settlers today uprooted dozens of olive saplings in the area of al-Baq‘a, east of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, local sources said.
Aref Jaber, a local activist, told WAFA that settlers, under the Israeli military protection, broke into over 25 donums of Palestinian-owned land in the area, and uprooted dozens of the olive saplings planted there.
The settlers came from the illegal Israeli colonial settlement of Kiryat Arba.
Jaber called on international and human rights organizations to strengthen the steadfastness of Palestinian landowners in the area and that the competent authorities provide them with access to necessary services as they are under constant threat from the Israeli forces and settlers.
The lands of Al-Baqa'a are considered the "food basket" of Hebron, and they're subjected to almost daily attacks by the Israeli forces and settlers, including the razing and demolitions of water pools, with the aim of forcibly kicking Palestinians out in favor of settlers.