HEBRON, Israeli occupation soldiers today attacked an elderly Palestinian man after refusing orders to leave his land in Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, according to a local activist.
Mohammad Awad, an activist, told WAFA that Muhammad Salibi, 77, was harvesting his olive trees in his land near the illegal settlement of Beit Ain, built on Beit Ummar land, when soldiers ordered him to leave the area.
When Salibi refused to heed their orders and proceeded to harvest the olives, the soldiers assaulted him with their guns and forced him to leave his land.
Israel does not allow Palestinian farmers to reach their lands near the illegal settlements that mushroom all over the occupied territories without getting a rarely-issued permit beforehand and then they claim that the land is abandoned and therefore justify taking it over for the illegal settlement expansion.
Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA)