Palestinian sources reported that aone child from the town of Tiqoa,
east of Bethlehem, was injured when Israeli settlers threw stones at a
Palestinian family harvesting their olive crop. The boy was hit by a
stone in his face and was transferred to the town hospital.

The incident occurred as foreign volunteers from Europe, the U.S. and Japan helped Palestinian farmers harvest their olives and provide much-needed international proteciton.

A Dutch volunteer, Cristal Letschert, told PNN that around 15 settlers bombarded the group and began throwing stones in an attempt to prevent the olive harvest.

A number of Tiqoa residents stated that this latest attack is part of a series of attacks on Palestinian farmers by Israeli settlers.

They added that the olive harvest complications are only fueled by the Israeli soldiers, who in many cases have harassed farmers and denied them access to their own land.