Israeli Jewish settlers attacked, on Thursday, Palestinian farmers as they were ploughing their land in the village of al-Sawiyeh, south of Nablus, according to a local official.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in northern West Bank district, said that settlers from the illegal settlement of Rahalim, built on al-Sawiyeh land, attacked the farmers and prevented them from ploughing their land.

The settlers also destroyed 40 fully grown olive trees owned by the Salman family, according to WAFA.

Meanwhile, said Daghlas, Israeli military authorities decided to seize land near Burin high school, south of Nablus, under the security pretext.

He said that the army had announced, two months ago, that it plans to seize land in Burin to build a fence that would separate the school and land in that area from the main Qalqilya-Nablus road and came back on Thursday to confirm with maps its decision to seize that land, warning that the fence may eventually cause residents to lose a lot more of their agricultural land, which is their only source of income.

(photo: archive Al Ray image)