[News] Israel destroys nature reserve, uproots 10,000 trees
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destroys nature reserve, uproots 10,000 trees
January 28, 2021
The Israeli army yesterday destroyed a natural reserve and uprooted at
least 10,000 trees in a military campaign in the northern West Bank in a
move that Palestinians termed a "crime".
Moataz Bisharat, who is responsible for monitoring Israeli settlement
activity in the Jordan Valley, told Anadolu Agency that the occupation army
pushed military vehicles and dozens of soldiers into the Ainun area in
Tubas city in the morning and destroyed a nature reserve built on an area
of about 400 dunums (98 acres).
[image: TUBAS, WEST BANK - JANUARY 27: Israeli forces intervene in
Palestinians after trees were destroyed by Israeli forces in Tubas, West
Bank, January 27, 2021. Israeli forces destroyed thousands of trees in the
woods on the grounds that they were at the military exercise area. ( Nedal
Eshtayah - Anadolu Agency )]
Israeli forces intervene in Palestinians after trees were destroyed by
Israeli forces in Tubas, West Bank, January 27, 2021. [Nedal Eshtayah –
The occupation army "chopped down and destroyed about 10,000 forest trees
and about 300 olive trees," he said.
Trees were planted in the nature reserve eight years ago as part of the
Greening Palestine project supervised by the Palestinian Ministry of
Agriculture and funded by the Venezuelan consulate in Palestine.
Bisharat stressed that the occupation alleged that the destruction of the
reserve came as it was classed as a military zone even though it was not
more than 300 metres away from residential areas and it served as an
"outlet" for residents.
In a statement, the Palestine Liberation Organisation's Colonisation and
Wall Resistance Commission said Israel "has formed a special unit whose
mission is to wage war on the Jordan Valley."
"A security apparatus has been formed to oversee construction and
agriculture in Area C and it has undertaken to wipe out the Palestinian
presence," the statement read.
The commission described the incident as "a crime and a campaign of
eliminating trees, buildings, livestock and sources of income."
What is happening, it added, is "part of a war waged by a terrorist state
[Israel] that is burning green areas."
The Palestinian commission called for "international protection for the
Palestinian presence in Area C," calling on the international community to
stop discrimination in dealing with the crimes of the Israeli occupation.
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