TUBAS, Tuesday, June 11, 2019 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Tuesday morning uprooted dozens of olive trees and demolished a water well, to the east of Tammun town, south of Tubas city, in the northern West Bank.

Morshed Bani Odeh, a local resident, told WAFA that Israeli forces stormed the farming area of Umm al-Kabbash, east of Tammun, where they demolished a water collection well and uprooted dozens of olive trees.

Soldiers cordoned the area off, preventing journalists from reporting on the issue.

According to Bani Odeh, there are about old 400 olive trees and four water wells belonging to several residents.

Israeli forces have attempted to prevent local Palestinian farmers from tending to their lands and notified them of uprooting their trees, citing the designation of the area as a nature reserve as a pretext.

Designating an area as a nature reserve may convey the impression that Israel wishes to protest the environment. In practice, however, Israeli has been using such designations for advancing the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.

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