JENIN, June 6, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli authorities Tuesday notified Palestinian farmers of plans to remove a retaining wall built by Palestinians around a water spring in the village of Barta’a, in Jenin, in order to protect it from wastewater coming from a nearby Israeli settlement, said local sources.

Sources told WAFA staff from the Israeli building and planning committee, backed by Israeli forces, stormed the spring water area and notified the village’s association they will be destroying the work recently done around the spring, in the next few hours, citing unpermitted construction as a pretext.

The village association carried out maintenance work around the spring, building a surrounding wall to protect it from sewage water leaking from the adjacent Israeli settlement of Katzir, illegally built on Palestinian-owned land.

The water spring is considered the main source of drinking water for the village residents.