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Palestinian youth attacked while planting olive trees

April 2, 2011 12:27 P.M. (Updated: April 2, 2011 12:27 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A group of Palestinian youth said they were attacked by Israeli soldiers while planting olive trees on Wednesday.

Around 30 young men and women from a group "Ihna Gheir" (We are different) planted around 100 olive trees in A'bud village north west of Ramallah to commemorate Land Day.

One of the participants told Ma’an that Israeli military jeeps raided the area and threatened the group. The soldiers were followed by a group of settlers, who uprooted the trees, and two Palestinians were injured in ensuing clashes.

The Palestinian youth said they moved to another area to continue planting the trees.

An Israeli military spokesman said he would look into the report.

Land Day commemorates mass protests against Israel's confiscation of Palestinian land in 1976. Israeli forces brutally quashed the demonstrations, killing six Palestinians and injuring over 100.

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