Settlers Build Structure in Palestinian Land near Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, April 29, 2014 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers on Tuesday began the construction of a shed in Palestinian-owned land to the south of Bethlehem, as a prelude to take over the land, reported Hassan Burejeyah, coordinator of the anti-settlement committee in Bethlehem.

He said settlers from the illegal settlement of Avrat, under army protection, stormed a private-owned ranch in Khallat An-Nahlah, a small village near Bethlehem, and proceeded to build a small room out of wood and tin.

55-year-old Mohammad Ayesh, owner of the ranch, attempted to prevent the settlers from storming his land, but soldiers retained his identity card and detained him for hours, said Burejeyah.

He said the escalation by settlers against Ayesh’s land continues for the third day in a row with the aim to expand the nearby illegal settlement of Avrat.