A group of Jewish settlers have destroyed 120 olive trees belonging to Palestinian farmers in the village of Qaryut, south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank. The latest damage was reported by Ghassan Daghlas, the official in charge of monitoring illegal settlers' activities in the area. He told Quds Press that a group of Jewish settlers from the Eli and other settlements was responsible. The vandalism was noted when farmers went to harvest the olive crop.
Daghlas said that Qaryut and other towns and villages in the district are vulnerable to settler attacks, especially in around 90 "hot spots" near settlements and the Separation Wall. The Israeli army offer settlers full protection while they carry out the attacks on Palestinian-owned farms and homes. Such attacks have been escalating, said Daghlas, especially at the start of the harvest period, which is vitally important for thousands of Palestinian families.
There are 20,000 Jewish settlers living in 39 settlements and outposts in the Nablus area. All are considered to be illegal under international law.