Israeli settlers chopped down more than 100 olive trees near the West Bank city of Nablus on Saturday, according to the Palestinian Authority (PA) which has promised to reimburse farmers for financial damages.
With the Palestinian olive harvest at its peak, the settlers were alleged by Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who tracks incidents of settler violence, to have destroyed the trees in Qaryut village early Saturday.
The settlers used chainsaws to cut the trees at the base, Daghlas claimed. He said the farmers were shocked by the sight of the felled trees, which they had been nourishing for years.
An Israeli military spokesman did not respond to Al Jazeera's request for comment. The Israeli military often prevents some of the worst forms of settler violence against local Palestinians, but such attacks have persisted year after year during the olive harvest.