NABLUS (Dispatches) –
Zionist settlers on Monday set fire to an olive grove in Burin town, south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center reported.
Local official Ghassan Daghlas said settlers from the illegal settlement of Yitzhar stormed an agricultural area in the south of Burin and set ablaze dozens of olive trees in a grove belonging to a local resident.
Burin and other neighboring villages in the south of Nablus have long been targeted by Zionist settlers living in illegal settlements and outposts in the area.
In general, people in the West Bank are exposed to frequent settler attacks, which include acts of physical violence, vandalism and destruction of Palestinian farmlands.
Also on Monday, Zionist troops bulldozed a vast tract of land in Qalqilya in order to expand a settler road.
Local official Mohamed Abul-Sheikh said that the occupying regime’s army started to expand Road 55, which was built illegally in the area between Qalqilya and Nablus.
Meanwhile, an independent and non-governmental rights organization says a former Palestinian prisoner has died from medical complications he suffered during his time in Israeli detention centers.
Director of the Palestinian Prisoners Club (PPC) in the occupied northern West Bank governorate of Jenin, Montaser Sammour, told London-based and pan-Arab media outlet al-Araby al-Jadeed that Muhammad Hassan Shabrawi died at a medical complex in Turkey over the weekend due to liver failure.
Sammour said that Shabrawi, who was released from the occupying regime’s prison more than two years ago after serving a five-year sentence, contracted liver issues “as a result of deliberate medical negligence” while in detention.
The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said nine Palestinian inmates are still on hunger strike in the regime’s prisons in protest at their indefinite and unfair imprisonment without charge at the hands of the regime.
The non-governmental organization said in a press release that the longest hunger-striker is 40-year-old Salem Ziadat, who has been rejecting food for 42 consecutive days.
The PSS added that the hunger-striking prisoners are experiencing difficult health conditions exacerbated by the occupying regime’s authorities’ failure to hear their demands.