Masked Israeli settlers attack Palestinian olive farmers from the village of Hawara on fields near the settlement of Yitzhar in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on October 7, 2020. (AFP)
Palestinians in Yatta, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, were on Saturday prevented by Israeli settlers backed by soldiers from reaching their lands east of Yatta town, according to local sources.
Local activist Rateb al-Jabour told WAFA news agency that settlers prevented Palestinian landowners from reaching their lands located near the illegal Avigal, Susiya and Mitzpe Yair settlements.
The villagers attempted to inspect their lands after settlers had set up water reservoirs to irrigate trees they had illegally planted on the Palestinian-owned land.
The activist said the settlers, who were escorted by Israeli soldiers, attacked the landowners and prevented them from reaching their land, pushing them back.
The settlers had illegally taken over more than 300 dunums of privately-owned land in Yatta and claimed it for their own.