Settlers breaking olive tree branches R 311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Clashes between Palestinians and settlers in the Mitzpe Yair area, in the South
Mount Hebron region of the West Bank, resulted in injuries and several people being detained by
police on Monday.
Security forces intervened, and Judea and Samaria
District police brought six Israelis and three Palestinians in for questioning
following the fight.
Five people – four Israelis and a Palestinian –
required medical assistance after sustaining light injuries.
said a group of around ten Palestinians assaulted four Israelis who were hiking
around Mitzpe Yair.
According to the report, the attackers were armed
with metal poles, and struck without any provocation or cause.
diametrically opposed account, Rabbis for Human Rights said a group of Israeli
civilians attacked Palestinians from Bir al-Id as they worked their
The group said it was contacted by a Palestinian landowner who
noticed a settler watching him. The man then reported seeing the settler, joined
by a group, approaching him. “At this stage, we called the police,” Rabbis for
Human Rights said.
Police arrived after the man and his son were
assaulted, and his son was rushed to the hospital, the organization
Meanwhile, during an operation by the “anti-nationalist crimes”
unit of the Judea and Samaria police, officers arrested five people they said
they suspect of conspiracy and possessing weapons.
The suspects, three
male teenagers, aged 16, and two men aged 24, are residents of Jerusalem, Betar
Illit, Kiryat Arab and Samaria, police said.
They were stopped on the
tunnel highway and, during a search of their car, police said they found spray
paint, pepper spray, gloves, knifes, sticks, steel pipes, an axe, a slingshot,
screwdrivers and pliers.
They also found in the car a banner with a
picture of Yasser Arafat, former Palestinian Liberation Organization
It is unclear if the tools were to be used in an attack on
Palestinians, their property and crops or both.
Ben Hartman contributed
to this report.