Coordinator for the national anti-settlement committee in southern al-Khalil, Rateb al-Jabour, said the Israeli occupation army broke into the al-Daqiqa nature reserve in Yatta, removed barbed wire surrounding the area, and leveled vast land tracts covering an area of over 100 dunums.
According to al-Jabour, the Israeli forces threatened to devastate the reserve upon three earlier occasions on claims of surpassing the border fence. He added that the nature reserve was built some eight years ago with the help of foreign charities and is planted with 5,000 unfruitful trees.
The reserve also includes eight wells for amassing rainwater. The Israeli occupation authorities and military forces have often razed Palestinian natural resources and nature reserves to the ground in an attempt to destabilize the ecological balance across the occupied Palestinian territories and force the locals to abandon their native lands