IDF tear gas fire at Palestinians throw stones in Nebi Salah.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesman)
A Palestinian was shot and seriously injured by a settler Friday
afternoon as Palestinians and settlers clashed near the village of
Kusra, south of Nablus, in the West Bank.
The clashes erupted outside the village as at least one settler was reported to have been stabbed.
'Settler attacks raise West Bank tension ahead of UN'IDF on high alert ahead of ‘September’ demonstrations
The circumstances that led to the violence were unclear.
The IDF deployed large forces to the area to disperse the crowds.
Clashes also took place between IDF forces and demonstrators in the West
Bank town of Nebi Salah, the site of weekly demonstrations.
The clashes came as the IDF went on high alert ahead of planned
Palestinian demonstrations throughout next week in conjunction with the
Palestinian Authority's planned declaration of statehood at the United
IDF sources have warned that settler violence could lead to an escalation of hostilities.
Palestinian officials warned Israel last week that if so-called "price
tag" settler attacks continued in the West Bank, they would not be able
to control the demonstrators.
Initial demonstrations are expected to begin already this weekend at the
Kalandiya checkpoint outside Jerusalem as well as other points through
out the West bank.
The IDF was concerned the demonstrations could incite additional violence.