Israeli occupation destroys nature reserve, uproots thousands of trees in West Bank

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WEST BANK, January 28 – The Israeli occupation army destroyed on Wednesday a nature reserve and chopped down more than 10,000 trees in the northern West Bank.

Moataz Bisharat, the official in charge of the Jordan Valley file in Tubas, said that Israeli occupation forces, escorted by a number of bulldozers, broke into in the Ainoun area east of Tubas and knocked down a nature reserve built on around 400 dunums (40 hectares) of land.

Israeli occupation troops, in addition, cut down and destroyed nearly 10,000 forest trees and about 300 olive trees.

Trees were planted at the nature reserve eight years ago as part of “Greening Palestine” project, overseen by the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture and funded by the Venezuelan consulate in Palestine.      

The Israeli occupation authorities justified this measure by claiming that this area was classified as a “closed military zone” even though it is located no more than 300 metres away from populated areas.