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Israeli police have fired teargas and rubber bullets to disperse Palestinian farmers protesting restrictions against getting into their lands for the olive harvest season, Palestinian officials said.
Clashes were reported between Palestinians and the Israeli forces on Sunday in several sites in the north of the West Bank as the olive harvesting season enters its first day.
The violence erupted when security forces of Israeli "Elon Moreh” settlement arrested Adnan Smara, 65, while he was harvesting his olives nearby.
Sameer Qadoumi, head of the village council in Kuffr Qadoum, told Anadolu Agency that the Israeli forces prevented the Palestinians from harvesting olive in several villages, leading to clashes, during which the Israeli forces used teargas and rubber bullets.
Ghassan Daghlas, the Palestinian Authority official in charge of monitoring settlements in the north of the West Bank, said the Israeli police's attacks come within the occupation policies to expel Palestinian farmers from their lands.
"The Israeli Forces prevented tens of Palestinian farmers from reaching their lands and forced them to return to their homes, despite the pre Palestinian–Israeli coordination," he added.
According to Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, 80,000 Palestinian families depends on olive as a sole source of income, which constitutes 14% of the Palestinian agricultural output.Last Mod: 20 Ekim 2013, 14:54