Photo: Ma'an
Photo: Ma’an

Nablus, 22 Safar 1436/15 December 2014 (MINA) – In an indirect way to confiscate private Palestinian land, Israeli authorities have earmarked hundreds of acres in the western outskirts of the village of Kafr Al-Dik near Salfit in the central West Bank as natural reserves, a researcher said Sunday.

Khalid Maali said that Israeli forces have seized a bulldozer while trying to enlarge a dirt road in the area known locally as Banat Bar, Ma’an News Agency quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.

The driver was told that he was unlawfully excavating in a natural reserve.

The soldiers seized the bulldozer without telling the driver when or how he can take it back.

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The Banat Bar area is located near the Israeli settlements of Ale Zahav, Peduel and Leshem.

Maali said that earmarking Palestinian land as a natural reserve was part of preparation for confiscation so as to expand the three settlements.(T/P008/P3)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)