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Israeli settlers beat, injure 3 Palestinian farmers in occupied West Bank

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
In this file photo, a Palestinian woman inspects a severely damaged olive tree near the occupied West Bank city of Nablus. (Photo by AP)

A group of Israeli settlers have attacked Palestinian farms in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, beating and injuring three Palestinians.

The trio was picking olives from trees in the village of al-Janiyah, located eight kilometers northwest of Ramallah, on Saturday, when fifteen settlers from the nearby illegal settlement of Talmon assaulted and savagely beat them, Arabic-language Quds Press news agency reported.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) later said that the three Palestinians were transported to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, located 10 kilometers north of Jerusalem al-Quds, to receive treatment.

One of the victims, identified as Saber Barakat Abu Fakhizah, is said to be suffering from serious injuries.

The agriculture industry, olive cultivation in particular, provides livelihood for some 80,000 Palestinian families living in the occupied West Bank.

Settlers, mostly armed, regularly attack Palestinian villages and farms and set fire to their mosques, olive groves and other properties in the West Bank under the so-called “price tag” policy.

Price tag attacks are acts of vandalism and violence against Palestinians and their property as well as Islamic holy sites by Israeli settlers.

Israel has reportedly uprooted more than 800,000 olive trees in the occupied territories since 1967.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank in 1967. This is while much of the international community considers the settler units illegal and subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.

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