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Seven Palestinians were lightly wounded by live ammunition and rubber bullets on
Monday when IDF troops dispersed violent clashes that broke out after settlers
reportedly uprooted trees near Kusra, south of Nablus.
This was the
latest in a series of violent incidents that have occurred in that area since
security forces demolished the fledgling outpost of Alei-Ayin in January,
located near Shiloh.
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The outpost has since been rebuilt and is home to
one family and a number of young adults.
The IDF spokesman said that
troops responded to a “larger than usual” clash between settlers and
Palestinians when they were targeted by rockthrowing Palestinians.
soldiers then responded with precision, shooting at the rock-throwers and at
Palestinians who were threatening settlers, according to the spokesman’s
All the Palestinians were lightly wounded in the lower part of
the body, according to the IDF. Two were shot with live ammunition and two with
rubber bullets. Settlers wounded another three Palestinians with
The IDF was examining the possibility that the incident began
after settlers cut down Palestinian trees.
When asked if the soldiers
first tried to fire in the air to disperse the rock-throwers, the spokesman’s
office said the incident is still under investigation.
No soldiers were
injured in the incident and a number of settlers were lightly hurt by thrown
rocks and another two Palestinians suffered light injuries from the
According to Roi Reder, a spokesman for the Binyamin Citizens’
Committee, a group of 100 Palestinians went up in the direction of Alei-Alyin
with sticks and other light weapons, and they wanted to regain the hilltop and
to kill people – but thankfully, no one was hurt.
He refuted any claims
that settlers had shot at Palestinians or that any settlers had cut down
Eqab Hassan, a resident of the Palestinian village of
Kusra, south of Nablus, said about 20 settlers cut down olive trees belonging to
Kusra residents began throwing stones at the settlers, who
then opened fire, he said.
Hassan added that Israeli soldiers intervened
in the clashes and shot tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the
Palestinian medics said five people with light and moderate gun
shot wounds were taken to a local hospital.Reuters contributed to this