Settlers uproot olive trees in Ramallah village 8Oct12 October 8, 2012

Ma’an News Agency   -   7 October 2012

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers uprooted around 40 olive trees in a Palestinian village in the central West Bank, a local official said on Sunday.

Villagers from Ras Karkar, northwest of Ramallah, discovered the trees had been destroyed on Sunday morning, village council head Riziq Nofel told Ma’an.

A group of 10 villagers went to pick the olives and were assaulted by residents of the Nerya settler outpost which is built on Ras Karkar’s land, he said.

Israeli forces came to stop the attack and briefly held two men from the village, Nofel added.

On Friday, Israeli settlers destroyed 100 newly-planted olive saplings and at least 60 vine trees on private Palestinian land in Al-Khader village near Bethlehem.

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