A large group of Israeli settlers on Saturday morning violently beat a young Palestinian woman while she was picking olives from trees in an orchard in the village of Yasuf in the Salfit district in the central West Bank, a Palestinian official said.
The assault is the third such attack on Palestinian olive pickers in three days, creating concern about unchecked settler violence as the olive harvest kicks off across the West Bank.
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement-related activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that 25-year-old Alaa Fathi Atiyani and her children were picking olives in a field in the al-Masamic area outside of Yasuf village at the time of the alleged assault.
He said that ten settlers arrived from the nearby Kfar Tappuah settlement and assaulted Atiyani, beating her "brutally."
Daghlas said Atiyani sustained serious bruises all over her body as a result of the attack.
Daghlas added that Israeli troops arrived later and claimed to have arrested the assailants.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said that "clashes" took place "between settlers and Palestinians" in the area and Israeli police arrested four people.
The assault is the third such attack on Palestinian olive pickers in three days, including the second on the village of Yasuf. more