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Israeli settlers uproot olive trees in southern West Bank


21:30, May 10, 2013

HEBRON, West Bank, May 10 (Xinhua) -- Israeli settlers on Friday uprooted around 100 olive trees belong to Palestinian farmers near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, Palestinian security sources said.

Palestinian security sources said that several Israeli settlers came from the Israeli settlement of Ma'oun uprooted scores of fruitful olive trees in the village of al-Twani east of Hebron.

Israeli Radio also reported that radical right-wing Israeli settlers wrote graffiti on the walls saying they destroyed the olive trees under the slogan "paying the price."

The radio added that an Israeli army force arrived at the scene and began to investigate the incident.

The Palestinian National Authority has earlier urged the Israeli government to put an end to the growing settlers' assaults on the Palestinians, mainly after an Israeli settler was killed over a week ago in northern West Bank of Nablus.

There are about half a million settlers in 120 Israeli settlements and 2.7 million Palestinians living in the West Bank, which was occupied by Israel in 1967.

Tension between the settlers and the Palestinians is mounting as United States Secretary John Kerry is exerting efforts to resume the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, which stopped in October 2010.

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