Israeli Army Demolishes Agricultural Property, Destroys Crops in West Bank

WEST BANK, February 2, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli army Monday demolished water well and residential sheds in the village of Qusra, south of Nablus, while also destroyed crops in a Palestinian owned land near the town of Yatta in the West Bank, according to local sources.

In Nablus district, army forces stormed the village of Qusra and demolished a water well, two residential sheds and a number of retaining walls, head of Qusra village council, Abdul-Azim Wadi, told WAFA.

He said confrontations broke out in the village in the aftermath between Israeli army soldiers and angry local residents.

Meanwhile in Hebron, army forces broke into a farming area near the town of Yatta and proceeded to turn over 8oo dunums (8 hectares) of crop-planted lands, destroying wheat and barley plants and other crops, reported Rateb Jabour, coordinator of the Anti-Settlement Committee in Hebron.

The destroyed crops belong to local residents of Masafer Yatta, a rural congregation located south of Hebron. The congregation, consisting of almost 19 small villages, relies heavily on farming and animal husbandry as the main source of income.

Located in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli administrative and military control, the area has been subject to repeated Israeli violations by settlers and army soldiers targeting their main source of living.

During recent years, villagers in Masafer Yatta are frequently subjected to violations by Israeli army and illegal settlers, including settler attacks on vulnerable communities and regular denial of construction permits.