Ma'an News Agency
October 22, 2010 - 12:00am

Dozens of settlers attacked a family who were picking olives in Yatta, in the West Bank district of Hebron, witnesses said.

Locals said settlers attacked Othman Abu Sabha and his family, damaged his car and stole their olives.

Meanwhile, settlers entered Kfir Qaddum village east of Qalqiliya, and wrote graffiti on the walls threatening revenge.

Palestinian farmers across the West Bank have reported frequent settler attacks since the olive harvest began in early October.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has recorded seven incidents of settler violence against Palestinians related to the olive harvest this week, in a report released Friday. The incidents included physical assaults, and arson attacks on land. In one recorded incident, 2,000 olive trees were burned.

UNOCHA noted that the violence continued despite the deployment of Israeli forces sent to protect Palestinian farmers.


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