NABLUS (AFP) -- Jewish settlers clashed with Palestinian farmers on Sunday, as they tried to pick olives from land owned by relatives of two men convicted of killing a settler family.
At least three Palestinians were injured when dozens of settlers from Itamar armed with sticks and stones attacked the group of about 50 workers harvesting olives, on land belonging to the Awwad family from the nearby village of Awarta, an AFP correspondent reported.
Palestinian Authority settlement affairs official Ghassan Doughlas said the settlers also stole equipment and threw rocks at farmers.
"Settlers are trying to increase the tension with the beginning of the olive picking season," Doughlas told official news agency Wafa.
Israeli troops arrived at the scene and broke up the clashes, while settlers remained close by, throwing stones and shouting: "Death to the Awwad family." more