New settlement plans to devour hundreds of dunams in Qalqilya and Salfit

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The Israeli occupation government continues its seizure of citizens’ lands in the occupied West Bank governorates for the benefit of settlements, the last of which was a confiscation order of 650 dunums of Salfit and Qalqilya lands to implement 5 settlement plans announced by the occupation authorities this month.

According to local sources, the occupation government has notified the confiscation of lands in the town of Deir Istia, northwest of Salfit, and the towns and villages of Ematin, Azzun, Asla, Kafr Laqif, and Jinsafut in Qalqilya Governorate, in order to implement 5 settlement plans announced by the occupation authorities this month.

The mayor of Deir Istia, Saeed Zeidan, said: “The occupation forces notified two days ago of confiscating about 600 dunums of Deir Istia’s lands adjacent to the settlements (Amna’il and Qarni Shimron), of which 350 dunums are for the benefit of expanding an industrial zone in the settlement of (Amunail), and 250 dunums in favor of establishing Settlement housing units in (Qarni Shimron) settlement.

Zidan indicated that the occupation forces allowed the people to object to these plans for a period of two months, and announced that the names of the lands would be changed from agricultural lands to industrial, residential, commercial, industrial lands and public facilities.

For his part, the official in charge of the settlement file in the Qalqilya governorate, Muhammad Abu al-Sheikh, said, “The occupation forces announced 5 plans this month to build 2,400 settlement units in the settlements (Qarni Shimron) and (Alfih Menashe), which are located on the lands of the governorates of Salfit and Qalqilya, in addition to expanding The industrial zone in the settlement of (Emmaniel), which will devour lands from the town of Deir Istia, ”while noting that about 50 dunums that are covered by the occupation expansion plans will include 5 villages and towns in Salfit Governorate.

“Emmaniel” settlement was established on the lands of the town of Deir Istia in Salfit and Amatin in Qalqilya, while “Alfi Menashe” settlement was established on the lands of the villages of Azzun and Isla in Qalqilya, and “Qarniya Shamron” settlement is built on the lands of the towns and villages of “Kafr Laqif”, and “ Estia Monastery, and Jinsafut.

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