NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Settlers destroyed over 600 olive trees in a Nablus village on Wednesday, a Palestinian Authority official said.
Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that settlers from Yizhar cut down hundreds of olive trees belonging to the Hamad, Hussein and Allan famlies in the village of Einabus.
Settlers also used a chemical agent to destroy the trees.
According to a 2012 report on Israeli settler violence released by the Palestine Center, a Washington-based nonprofit, every year the olive harvest period sees the highest peak in attacks on Palestinian civilians and property.
In 2012, settlers damaged or destroyed over 7,500 olive trees between January and October, according to OCHA.
The olive industry supports the livelihoods of roughly 80,000 families in the occupied West Bank.
More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.