Palestinians in the Hebron area woke up Tuesday morning to find the windshields of dozens of their cars smashed, as a result of an alleged attack by right-wing activists.  This comes a day after settlers blocked roads overnight Monday in Jerusalem, allegedly setting fire to tires and throwing a petrol bomb at the Palestinian village of Hawara.

Right-wing activists said that the act of smashing windows was a "price tag" revenge attack for violence used by police at the evacuation of Gilad Farm.

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On Monday setters claimed that Border Police forces shot rubber bullets and tear gas at them during the demolition of three structures at the unauthorized outpost of Gilad Farm in Samaria.

According to police, eight settlers were arrested during the clashes that broke out when they entered the outpost in a pre-dawn raid. Settlers claimed that 12 people were bruised by rubber bullets.

Police, however, clarified that they fired paintball guns in accordance with the rules of engagement.

A video of the incident shows a paintball gun being fired by a masked border policeman.

Police said they responded only after stones were thrown at them and they understood that a number of settlers had knives and instruments which could be used for stabbing.

Settlers have called for an immediate investigation into the incident. Police said they operated according to the rules of engagement, but they did not respond to the specific charges.

MK Michael Ben Ari (National Union), who was at Gilad Farm, claimed that Border Police pushed him to the ground. He added that he retrieved a rubber bullet from the scene.

Located in the Samaria Regional Council area, Gilad Farm is one of 26 outposts built after March 2001 that Israel had promised the United States it would remove.

Earlier this month, six residents of the outpost were detained after they failed to arrive for questioning over attacks on Palestinians.

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.


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