10/17/2021 8:57:59 AM
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A group of Palestinian farmers harvesting their olive trees in the occupied West Bank have been attacked by around 30 Israeli settlers, according to Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency.
The Friday attack, which left four people injured, began when Israeli settlers descended from a nearby settlement, hurling stones and spraying pepper spray at Palestinian olive pickers near the town of Salfit in the central West Bank.
The settlers smashed cars and stole olives, as well as some of the belongings of one of the female pickers, the news agency said, quoting Youssef Hammouda, a local farmer.
Settler attacks on Palestinians and their olive tree groves are common during the autumn harvesting season.
Over the years, Israel has unfailingly demolished Palestinian homes, claiming that the structures have been built without legal permits, which are nearly impossible to obtain.
In June, Israeli forces and settlers raided the Bedouin village of al-Araqib in the Negev region with bulldozers and destroyed every single Palestinian house for the 189th time, making dozens of its residents homeless and many injured.