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Israeli settlers attack Palestinian farmer in Jordan Valley

Israeli settler attacks on Palestinian farmers are common occurrences [AFP]

Date of publication: 4 November, 2017

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Israeli settlers beat a Palestinian farmer working on his land, leaving him with bruises throughout his body.

Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian farmer while he was working on his farmland in the Sakout area, in the northern Jordan Valley, said a local official.

The settlers had beat the farmer as he worked, leaving him with bruises throughout his body, the head of Tubas agricultural centre, Majdi 'Odeh, told Palestinian Authority's (PA) official news agency WAFA.

The Palestinian Sakout area borders with neighbouring country Jordan.

Israeli settlers are known for their attacks on Palestinian culture, but assaults on Palestinian farmers and livestock have been frequent over the past few weeks as the olive harvesting season begins. 

Last week, settlers reportedly attacked a group of Palestinians as they picked olives in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

The settlers - from the illegal settlement of Maon, built close to Yatta town - attacked farmers while they were harvesting their olives in the Masafer Yatta area. 

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

A day before, a similar incident took place in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

In September, Israeli settlers torched Palestinian olive trees in a "revenge attack" after being evicted from an illegal settlement outpost in occupied Nablus.

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