Video: Israeli settlers attack Palestinian farmers harvesting olives

Video: Israeli settlers attack Palestinian farmers marking the beginning of olive harvesting season
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28 October, 2017
Israeli settlers threw rocks and sharp objects at Palestinian farmers as they were harvesting olives on their land in the West Bank.
Israeli settlers and soldiers are known to attack Palestinians in illegal settlements [AFP]

Israeli settlers attacked a group of Palestinians as they picked olives in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on Friday.

Settlers from the illegal settlement of Maon - built close-by to Yatta town - attacked farmers while they were harvesting their olives in the Masafer Yatta area, according to Palestinian Authority (PA) official news agency Wafa News.

One of the farmers was a woman and all of the workers suffered injuries.

Attack on Palestinian farmers have been frequent over the past few weeks as the olive harvesting season begins. 

On Thursday, a similar incident took place in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank told Palestine based Maan News Agency that Israeli settlers from the Itamar settlement had attacked Palestinians picking olives close to Deir al-Hatab village.

Daghlas added that Israeli settlers beat the Palestinian workers by throwing rocks and sharp objects at them as they were farming.

Video footage shows settlers attacking the Palestinian farmers with an Israeli soldier watching nearby.

Over 600,000 Israeli Jews now live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, making a contiguous Palestinian state virtually impossible.

Settlement building in the occupied West Bank and annexed East Jerusalem is considered illegal under international law.