File photo: Israeli soldiers stand guard as an excavator uproots olive trees to break ground for construction of the wall section. Photograph: Mahmoud illean/Demotix/Corbis, August 2015

IOF uproot dozens of olive trees east of Tubas

PNN/ Bethlehem.

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Tuesday uprooted dozens of Palestinian-owned olive saplings in Khirbet Abziq hamlet, east of Tubas in the northern Jordan Valley.

Specialist in settlement affairs Aref Daraghmeh said that employees from the Israeli nature authority escorted by Israeli soldiers stormed Khirbet Abziq and uprooted more than 60 four-year-old small trees belonging to a local citizen named Ahmed Khalil, PIC reported.

Daraghmeh said that the soldiers helped the nature employees remove and seize poles and barriers that were placed around the trees to protect them.