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Israeli forces assault Palestinian farmers, confiscate crops in Hebron

June 18, 2018 3:35 P.M. (Updated: July 17, 2018 5:03 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces attacked Palestinian farmers and confiscated their crops in the Beit Ummar village on the main road between the Jerusalem and Hebron districts on Monday.

Activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad said that the farmers were from Halhul City, Beit Ummar village and the al-Arroub refugee camp in the southern West Bank district of Hebron.

He added that they were selling their crops of cucumbers, almonds, peaches, grapes and other on the main road using booths or tents.

Awad pointed out that the proceeds of selling these crops support dozens of needy or less fortunate Palestinian families of the area.

Awad said that this systematic behavior occurs every season as Israeli forces attack Palestinian farmers and forcefully confiscate the crops they are telling to sell.

While Beit Ummar's built-up areas are predominantly classified as Area B under the Oslo Accords, the majority of its surrounding land is Area C.

According to the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem, Beit Ummar is "subjected to many Israeli aggressions," with thousands of dunams of Palestinian land confiscated for the constriction of illegal Israeli settlements and bypass roads.

Three settlements surround the town -- Karmei Zur, Migdal Oz and Kfar Etzion -- and Israeli forces and settlers have uprooted Palestinian trees, leveled agricultural land, and demolished a number of homes, according to ARIJ.
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