Israeli Forces Destroy Hundreds of Trees in Tubas Natural Reserve

TUBAS, June 16, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces early Tuesday destroyed hundreds of forest trees in a natural reserve to the east of Tubas, in the northeastern West Bank, according to head of Wadi Maleh village council, Aref Daraghmeh.

He informed WAFA that Israeli forces, accompanied with bulldozers and staff from the civil administration, stormed a natural reserve to the east of Tubas, which occupies an area of 300 dunums, and destroyed the forest trees.

Israeli forces often target Palestinians and their property or provide protection to settlers conducting attacks on Palestinian residents’ land; including the burning and uprooting of trees.

According to a United Nations’ OCHA report, “Israeli settlers destroyed over 5,500 Palestinian-owned olive trees and saplings in the period between December 30 2014, and January 12, 2015.”