West Bank Settlers Suspected in Stoning of US Officials

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West Bank Settlers Suspected in Stoning of US Officials

A protester holds a placard as she stands next to Israeli soldiers during a protest against Israeli settlements in West Bank city on December 27, 2014. (Reuters)

Jerusalem:  A US diplomatic convoy visiting the West Bank to investigate a complaint by Palestinian farmers over vandalism of olive trees was pelted with stones by suspected Jewish settlers today, Israeli police said.

"According to initial findings, settlers threw stones at the US consular vehicles near the Adei Ad illegal settlement, close to the Palestinian village of Turmus Ayya," northeast of the town of Ramallah, a spokeswoman said.


"There was no damage and the convoy continued on its route," the spokeswoman said.

She said the diplomats were apparently on a mission, which was not coordinated with Israeli security forces, to assess "damage caused by acts of vandalism in an olive orchard of Turmus Ayya".

They were acting on Palestinian complaints that settlers had uprooted 5,000 olive saplings planted on land recovered after a years-long legal battle, according to the website of Haaretz newspaper.

There was no comment available from the US consulate in Jerusalem.

The incident took place in the same sector where a senior Palestinian official, Ziad Abu Ein, was killed on December 10 in clashes with the Israeli army during a protest against Israeli settlement building and confiscation of Palestinian lands.

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