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Report: 73 attacks by Israel settlers against Palestinian farmers

November 1, 2019 at 11:58 am

Palestinian farmers in Deir Al-Hatib discovered sewage run-off from the illegal settlement Elon Moreh had killed their olive trees and other crops on 24 October 2017. [Rabbis for Human rights/Twitter]

Israeli settlers have carried out 73 attacks against Palestinians since the beginning of the olive harvest season, a senior Palestinian Authority official said yesterday.

Ghassan Daghlas, who is responsible for monitoring settlements in the occupied northern West Bank, said in a statement that the Israeli army forces have also prevented Palestinian farmers from accessing their lands to harvest olives in the areas of Hafar and Naqar in the town of Huwwara; south of Nablus.

He added that settlers also stole the fruits of 400 olive trees in the Ras Hazem area in Deir Al-Hatab village in Nablus governorate.

The Palestinian official pointed out that the recorded attacks included; theft of olive fruits, breaking the branches off the trees, attacking Palestinians and expelling farmers from their lands by force.

He added that the Palestinians continue to document the Israeli violations against them to hold the occupation accountable for its crimes.

READ: Settlers steal olives from Palestinian groves in Nablus