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Israeli forces detain Palestinian farmer near Bethlehem

Nov. 2, 2018 4:31 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 4, 2018 2:20 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian, on Friday, as he was working in his land in the al-Khader village in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem.

Locals confirmed that Israeli forces detained Ramzi Rizq Salah, son of former Palestinian prisoner, Rizq Ali Khader Salah, 54, while working in his agricultural land in the village.

Sources added that Salah was detained under the pretext that the Israeli authorities banned Palestinian farmers from working in their land.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are currently 5,640 Palestinian prisoners currently being held in Israeli prisons.

About 20,000 dunams of the village's historical 22,000 dunams are almost entirely cut off by the Israeli separation wall and house three illegal settlements, Efrat, Elazar and Neve Daniel, according to the al-Khader municipality.

These settlements, which cover nearly 2,800 dunams (692 acres), are part of a larger block, known as Gush Etzion, which accommodates more than 60,000 settlers.

Once an agricultural village, Israeli settlers have seized large swathes of al-Khader's farmland, and have uprooted olive trees and regularly attack Palestinian farmers trying to reach their land.

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