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Israeli settlers steal olive pickings of Palestinian farmers in 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)
This file photo shows a Palestinian woman grieving as her family's olive trees were damaged by Israeli settlers in the occupied territories.

Israeli settlers have stolen the olive harvest of dozens of trees belonging to a number of Palestinian farmers from the occupied West Bank districts of Ramallah and Nablus.

The incident occurred on Sunday, when scores of Israeli settlers stormed Palestinian lands in Ramallah and Nablus under the protection of Israeli military and stole olive pickings of 65 olive trees, Maan news agency quoted Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlements activity in the northern West Bank, as saying on Monday.

He added that the looting occurred in al-Sawiyeh village of Nablus and al-Janiyeh village of Ramallah.

In another incident in Nablus on Sunday, Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers of Qaryut village. Most of the attacks carried out by Israeli settlers against Palestinians are met with impunity, with Israelis rarely facing consequences for such raids.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds. Built on occupied land, the settlements are internationally condemned as illegal.

The occupied territories have witnessed a rise in settler violence against Palestinians in recent months.

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