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Israeli settlers attack family harvesting olives in West Bank

Oct. 11, 2008 1:23 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 11, 2008 1:23 P.M.)
Nablus - Ma'an - Settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Yitzhar in the northern West Bank attacked a Palestinian family collecting olives on Saturday morning, a government official told Ma'an.

Mayor Burin Ali Eid of the village of Burin, near Nablus, said a fight broke out when settlers "chopped down five olive trees" owned by the family.

Two of the family members suffered head wounds, he said, when the settlers attacked the An-Najjar family in the area of Abu Hallouf, which is between Burin and Huwwara. The mayor identified the two injured as 24-year-old Mustafa An-Najjar and his 27-year-old brother, Muhammad.

Local Palestinian sources said that settlers cut down 15 olive trees in other Nablus-area attacks on farmers.

Commenting on the assault, an Israeli army spokesperson claimed the Palestinians who were attacked did not have permits to be in the area, despite that they owned the land.

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