Israeli forces have destroyed private Palestinian agricultural land in a village in the West Bank as the Tel Aviv regime’s illegal construction activities continue in the occupied Palestinian territories.
According to the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, a Palestinian organization dedicated to supporting Palestinian farmers, Israeli bulldozers escorted by military vehicles leveled four acres (1.6 hectares) of land belonging to a Palestinian farmer identified as Sabri Rashad Manasra from the village of Wadi Fukin, Ma’an news agency reported on Thursday.
The land is said to be located between two illegal Israeli settlements in the area, which house more than 50,000 settlers.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Sukkar, the head of the local council of Wadi Fukin, told the local news agency, Wafa, that Israeli authorities are building an industrial and commercial zone in the area on private lands confiscated from people in Wadi Fukin and the nearby village of Husan.
Israeli officials have confirmed the destruction of the land, but denied that it is to be turned into an industrial and commercial zone.
More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories in 1967.
Israel occupied and then annexed the West Bank and East al-Quds (East Jerusalem) in the Six-Day War of 1967, but the move has never been recognized by the international community.
Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds, and the besieged Gaza Strip and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories.