Days of Palestine, West Bank -Extremist Israeli Jewish settlers burnt on Sunday morning wide areas of Palestinian barley crops southeast of Al-Khalil, occupied West Bank.
The crops, Palestinian sources said, are located in the Palestinian village of Beit Awa in the southeast of Al-Khalil.
Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli settlers, protected with the Israeli occupation forces, stormed the Palestinian village and assaulted the farmers, pushing them away from their farms.
After a while, the eyewitnesses told Days of Palestine, smoke appeared in the evacuated area and the farmers rushed back to find huge fire in their farms.
“The fire burnt hundreds of dunams planted with barley,” Ali abu-Arrar, one of the farmers, told Days of Palestine. “Palestinian firefighters could not extinguish the fire,” he said, “therefore, the Israeli civil defence was called up but that was too late.”
“It is not the first time that the Israeli settlers damage ripe Palestine crops,” farmer Abu-Hussein told Days of Palestine. “Every year, the settlers protected by the Israeli occupation forces assault us and damage our crops.”
Abu-Hussein noted that the settlers damage barley and wheat crops, olives, grapes and everything the Palestinian farmers produce. “Sometimes, they release wild pigs,” he said.