Today, Tuesday, the Israeli occupation forces uprooted more than 200 olive trees in the town of Deir Istiya, northwest of Salfit.

According to local sources, the occupation forces uprooted about 220 olive trees in the Qattan al-Jami` area, west of Deir Istiya, on an area of ​​12 dunums, owned by Hussein Abdel-Rahim Zidan, and prevented residents from reaching the place, according to what was reported on the (Freedom News) website ).

Deir Istiya is a town in Nablus, and it belongs to Salfit governorate, and it is one of the villages that were occupied in the 1967 war, and it depends on agriculture, the most important of which are olives, which constitute a source of income for the townspeople.

In the middle of Deir Istiya a number of Palestinian towns and villages are Kifl, a guard, a guard, Zeta and Qira, and the Qana Valley has a permanent flow of water.

Due to the strategic location of the town of Deir Istiya, the Israeli occupation authorities tried to control it, and subject it to its control, as it is considered an important agricultural area.

When the occupation failed in its settlement plans and control of the area, the settlers opened sewage networks to the town and the course of the Qana Valley, thus causing a major environmental problem in the place.

The occupation authorities notified last year to build 120 settlement units on the lands of Deir Istiya in the Qana Valley, west of Salfit.

It is noteworthy that the land area of ​​the Qana Valley, amounting to more than 10 thousand acres, was classified by the occupation as a natural reserve in 1983, and is surrounded by nine settlements, namely: (Emmanuel, Nushof Qana, Maali Shamron, Qaryat Shamron, destinations of Shimron, Matan, Tofim, and Yakir , Yair’s death).

Despite the occupation’s practices, the valley is considered a tourist place, which is a popular destination for Palestinians from all over the West Bank, to enjoy all its natural aesthetics.

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