(photo credit: (Samaria Citizens Committee, Firas Alami/Yesh Din))
Three Israelis and five Palestinians were lightly wounded on Thursday when
rock-throwing exchanges broke out near the Shiloh settlement 45 km. north of
The incident occurred a day after security forces demolished
the home of a family in the fledgling Eli Ayin outpost, right outside
Settlers said they had returned to the outpost to rebuild the
home, and Palestinians attacked them.
The Palestinians said they were
passing by on their way to work on their farms when settlers attacked
A spokesman for the Judea and Samaria Police said dozens of
Palestinians and Israelis threw rocks at one another.
An IDF spokeswoman
added that approximately 100 Palestinians and 100 settlers were involved in the
clashes, and that mass stone throwing exchanges occurred.
and five Palestinians were lightly injured by rocks,” the army spokeswoman
Eitan Meir, who lives in the area, said that a group of 200- 300
Palestinians threw stones at the Israelis as they were rebuilding. He
said he believed the Palestinians were emboldened by the destruction of the home
the day before, and had come to claim the area.
Zacharey Sadeh, a field
worker for Rabbis for Human Rights, said that the destruction of the home did
make the Palestinians feel that it was safe to go that way to their agricultural
According to Sadeh, the Palestinians did not approach the settlers,
but instead were attacked by them as they were walking on the road further down
from the hill.
He said settlers fired live ammunition in the air, burned
one of the Arabs’ vehicles and threw stones at them.
Settlers said that
it was Palestinians who torched the vehicle.
Settlers as well as Yesh Din
– Volunteers for Human Rights, which had field workers in the area, provided The
with photographs of the vehicle.
It was hard to discern
from the pictures the sequence of events.
In a number of photographs one
can see injured Palestinians, one with a wound to the face and another with
scratches to his arm.
Settlers provided photographs of Palestinians
Border Police officers under IDF command were called to
the area to end the confrontation, and dispersed the crowds using stun grenades,
the police spokesman said.
A number of Palestinians reported hearing
gunfire during the incident, but police believe it may have been the noise of
the stun grenades, the spokesman said.
“This issue is still being
checked. We’re looking to see if they heard live fire or riot-dispersal means
being used,” the spokesman said. One Palestinian was lightly injured by smoke
inhalation from a riot-dispersal projectile, he added.
Palestinian vehicle was also found in the area,” the IDF spokeswoman
No arrests were made during the incident.