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Israeli forces uproot 350 olive trees in Hebron

Feb. 27, 2019 2:24 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 28, 2019 4:09 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces uprooted 350 olive trees from the Khillet al-Dabe area, in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, on Wednesday.

Coordinator of a local popular committee, Fouad al-Umour, reported that Israeli forces uprooted olive tree saplings in the Khillet al-Dabe area of Masafer Yatta in southern Hebron.

Al-Umour pointed out that the committee organized a protest sit-in in the area, demanding international and human rights sides to immediately intervene to save Masafer Yatta from Judaization by Israeli authorities.

The South Hebron Hills, known locally as Masafer Yatta, lie almost entirely in Area C, the 62 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli civil and security control since the 1993 Oslo Accords.

Masafer Yatta residents were expelled at the time of the establishment of a firing zone in the 1970s and were eventually allowed back following a long court battle, but are under the constant threat of being expelled or seeing their homes demolished.

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