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Police arrested 12 residents of Turan in the Lower Galilee on Monday on
suspicion of systematically quarrying and selling rocks illegally, and causing
severe damage to forests.
Undercover officers from the national Lahav 433
unit observed the suspects, all from the same family, digging up dolomite and
chalk quarries, police said. Those type of rocks are commonly found in the hilly
countryside of the North.
Police said the suspects caused “irreversibly
damage to a forest and nature reserves.”
Around NIS 19 million worth of
damage was caused to the area, police added.
Police seized tractors,
tracks and other vehicles during the raid.
The suspects were aged from 18
to 75, and allegedly sold the stolen stone to construction contractors “while
failing to declare the income,” authorities said.
The Rishon Lezion
Magistrate’s Court extended the remand of six suspects by eight days, and of a
further two suspects by four days.
One of the suspects “has harmed an
archeological site in the past,” the police representative to court said.
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