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Israeli settlers assault Palestinian farmers, block roads to their lands

Illegal Israeli settlers today attacked and physically assaulted Palestinian farmers in the village of Susya, east of the town of Yatta in the south of the occupied West Bank, according to local sources.

Rateb Jabour, a local official in charge of monitoring settler attacks, told WAFA that a group of settlers from the illegal settlement of Susya, named after the same village, attacked the farmers and beat them up, causing them bruises.

The settlers also denied the farmers access and prevented them from plowing their own land.

The village is part of Masafer Yatta, a collection of about 19 hamlets that have been a frequent target of almost daily assaults by the Israeli military and settlers, who wish to empty the area of its indigenous Palestinian population for settlement expansion purposes.

Almost everyday, attacks by the Israeli occupation forces or settlers on Palestinians are reported in the area.