Zionist settlers burn olive trees in Hawara
Zionist settlers burn olive trees in Hawara
Wednesday, May 5,2010 16:14

NABLUS, -- Zionist settlers from the notorious Yitzhar settlement on Tuesday set on fire tens of Palestinian dunums cultivated with fruitful olive trees in Hawara village, south of Nablus, eyewitnesses reported.

They said that tens of settlers descended from hills overlooking the village and burnt the trees over almost ten dunums of land.

The villagers tried to put off the fire but they were forced to retreat by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) who escorted and protected the settlers.

The settlers systematically burn tens of dunums of Palestinian land each year under the IOF protection, the locals said, adding that the IOF troops block firefighters from attempting to extinguish the fire.

Other settlers earlier on Tuesday burnt a mosque in Luban Al-Sharqiya village south of Nablus in a pre-dawn raid.