[File - Radio Bethlehem 2000]
IMEMC & Agencies: Sunday morning a number of extremist Israeli settlers, burnt dozens of Palestinian olive saplings, and trees, that belong to residents of the Al-Khader town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
Local sources have reported that a group of settlers of the Efrat settlement, built on lands illegally confiscated from the villagers, invaded the orchards, burnt approximately 80 olive saplings, in addition to nearly 20 trees (almond, apricot, peach trees).
The settlers took most of the uprooted trees and saplings with them back into the settlement, the Radio Bethlehem 2000 has reported.
Settlers recently cut 100 olive trees in Qaryouth village, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
The village suffers ongoing violations and attacks by Israeli soldiers and settlers.
The attacks are part of escalating assaults carried out by extremist settler groups against the Palestinians, their lands and property.
Earlier on Sunday morning, Israeli soldiers attacked and violently beat a Palestinian day laborer, near the Al-Walaja village, west of Bethlehem.
Medical sources said that Imad Mohammad Al-Jundy, from Yatta town, south of Hebron.
He was attacked as he was attempting to go to work inside the Green Line.