A prelude to a new road: settlers dig out land south of Nablus

PNN/ Nablus/

Bulldozers belonging to settlers today began to raze land in village of Qariout south of Nablus city in preparation for the laying of a road which will connect the two settlements Shilo and Eilih, imposing on the village’s land.

Security sources pointed out that this plans will eliminate the southern street in Qariout and lead to the seizure of more Palestinian land, saying only 366 acres now remain from the 22 thousand acres originally belonging to the village.

The sources added that the village’s families had previously obtained a ruling from the Israeli Alia court which effectively barred settlers from approaching the area, which includes a number of ancient archeological sites. However, the settlers today commenced the bulldozing of the area, saying that it would be a strategic tourist area and religious site.

For his part, the official responsible for settlements in the West Bank, Ghassan Daghles, confirmed today that the settlers’ bulldozers had razed Qariout’s land near to the 60 route between Ramallah and Nablus with the protection of the Israeli Occupation Forces.