Palestinian Presidency Condemns Israeli Decision to Seize 3811 of Palestinian Land

Ramallah, August 31 (QNA) – Palestinian presidency condemned on Sunday Israeli military orders issued to seize 3811 dunums of Palestinian land in the southern West Bank districts of Hebron and Bethlehem, Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) reported .

Presidential spokesperson Nabil Abu-Rdeineh said these decisions would lead to a further deterioration to the current situation, reiterating that settlement construction is an illegal practice.

Mayor of the town of Surif, Ahmad Lafi, said an Israeli army forces accompanied by a staff from the Israeli Civil Administration arrived in the town in the early morning and posted orders to seize 3799 dunums, planted with olives and forest trees, in Surif and the nearby villages of al-Jaba’a and Wadi Fukin. The land belongs to several families in the area.

Israeli media sources said the procedure is aimed at expanding the nearby settlement bloc of Gush Etzion, illegally built on Palestinian-owned land. (QNA)

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