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Settlers allegedly mace Red Cross workers surveying damaged Palestinian olive groves

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Illustrative: A volunteer harvests olives during a Palestinian Authority campaign to help farmers targeting Palestinian lands that are adjacent to Israeli settlements and outposts, during the olive harvest season, in the West Bank village of Beita, east of Nablus, October 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
Illustrative: A volunteer harvests olives during a Palestinian Authority campaign to help farmers targeting Palestinian lands that are adjacent to Israeli settlements and outposts, during the olive harvest season, in the West Bank village of Beita, east of Nablus, October 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Three Red Cross workers were allegedly assaulted earlier today by a number of Israeli settlers who pepper-sprayed them as they surveyed damage done to Palestinian olive groves, the military says.

Israel Defense Forces troops provided first aid to the Red Cross personnel, a military spokesperson says.

The IDF spokesperson says they cannot comment further on the incident, as it is a police matter.

According to the Kan broadcaster, the Red Cross workers filed an official complaint with the Israel Police. The police did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the incident.

The alleged attack occurred in olive groves between the Palestinian village of Burin and the Yitzhar settlement, which is widely considered to be a hotbed of Jewish extremist activity.

Recent weeks have seen an uptick in violence by Israeli extremists in the West Bank against Palestinians, human rights workers and Israeli security forces.

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