RAMALLAH, February 15, 2012 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers backed by a large army force Wednesday uprooted olive trees in the West Bank village of Turmus Ayya, north of Ramallah, forcing clashes with local residents, said a local resident.
Rajeh Abu al-Sukkar told WAFA that settlers and soldiers came to his land and started uprooting trees then loading them on a truck to take them away.
He denied claims by the soldiers and settlers that the land was state-owned stressing that he had a court order three months ago confirming that the land is his and that he can work on it.
The soldiers also claimed the settlers had a court order to uproot the trees from his land under the pretext it was state land.
Residents confronted the soldiers and settlers to stop them from uprooting the trees, said Abu al-Sukkar. There were no immediate reports of injuries or arrests.
Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA