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Six Palestinians were wounded Monday after IDF troops opened fire to disperse violent clashes that broke out after settlers reportedly uprooted trees in Kusra, south of Nablus
The IDF spokesperson said that troops responded to a "larger than usual" clash between settlers and Palestinians when and were subsequently targeted by rock-throwing Palestinians.
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The soldiers then responded with precision shooting at the rock-throwers, according to the spokesman's office.
When asked if the soldiers first tried to fire in the air to disperse
the rock-throwers, the spokesman's office said the incident was still
No soldiers were injured in the incident, but a number of settlers were lightly hurt by thrown rocks.
Eqab Hassan, a resident of Kusra, south of Nablus, said about 20
settlers cut down olive trees belonging to the village. Its residents
began throwing stones at the settlers who then opened fire, wounding 10
people, he said.
Right wing activists carried out a "Day of Rage" last week after Border
Police officers fired plastic bullets at settlers who tried to prevent
the destruction of three structures at the Gilad Farm outpost in
Samaria; 15 settlers were injured in that incident.
Following the Gilad Farm incident, extremist activists engaged in a
number of "price tag" activities, smashing Palestinian car windows,
throwing a Molotov cocktail into a home and rolling burning tires into
two West Bank Palestinian villages. On Monday night, activists blocked
roads in Jerusalem and the West Bank.Reuters contributed to this report.