Two new Israeli settlements to be constructed in West Bank 20Jan13 January 20, 2013

Palestine News Network    -    17 January 2013

On Wednesday 16th January, local sources said that Israeli settlers began working on expanding two illegal settlements north of the West Bank, Palestinian official news agency WAFA reported.

Eyewitnesses said that settlers began razing land near the settlement of Maskiot, north of the Jordan Valley, and Elon Moreh, northeast of Nablus.

Head of al-Maleh village council, A’ref Daraghma, said settlers have razed land in the area surrounding Maskiot in order to construct new housing units.

Palestinian official responsible for the settlement file in the north of the West Bank, Ghassan Daghlas, said that five bulldozers were seen working in the area surrounding Elon Moreh clearly to expand the illegal settlement.

He said the settlers opened fire at the residents who gathered near the land and drove them away from the area.

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