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Four Palestinians injured after Israeli settler attack south of Nablus

This file picture shows the windshield of a Palestinian vehicle, which was smashed by an Israeli settler with an ax outside of Karnei Shomron settlement.

At least four Palestinians have suffered injuries when a group of extremist settlers violently pelted their car with stones in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Palestinians were travelling inside a car along a road south of Nablus, located approximately 49 kilometers (30 miles) north of Jerusalem al-Quds, when settlers from Yitzhar settlement started pelting the car with stones.

The sources added that the quartet was transported to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus to receive medical treatment. The four Palestinians had suffered bruises and various cuts as a result of broken glasses.

Meanwhile, the so-called Israeli Civil Administration has issued a notice, informing Palestinians of its plans to cut down 70 olive trees in the Jordan Valley area of the northern occupied West Bank.

Moataz Bisharat, the Palestinian Authority official in charge of Israeli settlement activities in Jordan Valley, stated that Israeli forces have confiscated dozens of acres of Palestinian-owned land in the area in order for Israeli settlers to build new illegal outposts.

In this file picture, a Palestinian farmer from Qaryut village inspects olive trees that were destroyed in an overnight settler attack. (Photo by AFP)

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 Palestinian 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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