Israeli troops always protect Jewish settlers harassing Palestinians and damaging their properties
Days of Palestine, West Bank –Israeli occupation forces set fire to Palestinian-owned olive trees near the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba in Al-Khalil late on Thursday.
Witnesses said that Israeli soldiers deployed in the area pushed a burning tire into an area of olive trees, causing severe damage.
Local Palestinians called the fire brigade to extinguish the blaze but were prevented from arriving in the area by the Israeli forces.
Jewish settlers routinely threaten and harass local Palestinians in Al-Khalil’s Old City in an effort to force them to leave their lands in order to be used for the expansion of illegal settlements.
Over 500 Jewish settlers already live in the Old City, many of whom have illegally occupied Palestinian houses and forcibly removed the original inhabitants. They are protected by thousands of Israeli soldiers.