Official: Israeli forces detain man harvesting olives
Published Sunday 20/10/2013 (updated) 21/10/2013 12:26
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces early Sunday detained a 65-year-old man while he was harvesting olives near the Nablus district village of Azmut, a Palestinian official told Ma'an.
Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that Israeli forces detained Adnan Samarah while he was picking olives on his land near the illegal Israeli settlement of Elon Moreh.
A spokeswoman for the Israeli army said that Samarah "wanted to harvest olives in a forbidden area," and that he was turned away by Israeli forces.
However, the spokeswoman claimed that he was not detained.
In the city of Tulkarm, meanwhile, clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli forces as soldiers prevented farmers from approaching their lands and picking olives, Daghlas said.
Additionally, he added, dozens of farmers in the town of Deir al-Ghusun northeast of Tulkarm returned to their homes after Israeli soldiers would not allow them to enter their lands.
Separately, in the Qalqiliya district, Israeli forces prevented Jalal Yamin, a man from the village of Jit, from reaching his lands near an Israeli settlement, Daghlas said.
The Israeli army spokeswoman had no further information.