NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces confiscated a Palestinian bulldozer that was being used to open an agricultural road for Palestinians in the Khirbet Tana area in eastern Nablus late Wednesday.
Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces confiscated the bulldozer and held its owner, Shaji Zuhri Mafalha from the Asira al-Shamaliya village, while he was working to open the road.
The bulldozer was confiscated because it was being used in a military training area, according to Israeli military sources.
Israeli authorities routinely designate areas in the West Bank as military training areas in order to prevent the use or expansion of Palestinian homes and infrastructure, according to Israeli human rights organization B’tselem.
Just weeks ago, a bulldozer driver was detained from a nearby area mid-March while attempting to open a road. The driver told Ma’an at the time it had been the second time Israeli forces stopped them from working in two weeks, claiming that the area is a natural reserve.