By Chris Carlson
International Middle East Media Center: A group of colonial Israeli settlers attacked, on Thursday morning, three young Palestinians in al-Mughayyar village, to the north of the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Ghassan Daghlas, the Palestinian official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, said that a group of colonial Israeli settlers attacked and severely beat three Palestinians while harvesting Gundelia crops, according to Al Ray. The Palestinians were transferred to a hospital in Ramallah.
Earlier, on Wednesday morning, a Palestinian farmer caught an Israeli settler trying to cut down olive trees in Talfitvillage, to the south of Nablus. The settler managed to escape, however.
On Thursday, Israeli occupation forces closed Qabr Helwa road in Bethlehem, south of the West Bank, under the pretext of existence of a suspicious object, according to eyewitnesses.
The road connects two main cities in the occupied West Bank, Hebron and Ramallah. After the closure, the road witnessed an accumulation of Palestinian vehicles.
According to a UN report, the policy of closing roads and checkpoints, which impedes Palestinian movement across the West Bank, “exists primarily to protect settlers and facilitates their movement to and from Israel.”