Route 443 briefly blocked by Palestinians, activists

Protesters stop traffic on major West Bank highway to protest damage to olive trees

Dozens of Palestinians and activists blocked a major highway in the West Bank Tuesday morning to protest what they said was the uprooting of olive trees by settlers.

Some 100 people blocked Route 443 near the Palestinian village of Beit Ur al-Tahta for several minutes, stopping traffic.

The protesters carried signs against the occupation and said that settlers recently uprooted dozens of olive trees belonging to the village.

Police used pepper spray and stun grenades to disperse the protest. There were reports of at least one arrest.

Protesters reportedly planned to regroup and attempt to block the highway again.

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