Two Palestinians injured in beating by Jewish settlers in West Bank

Hamas takeover 224.88 (photo credit: AP)
Hamas takeover 224.88
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Masked Jewish settlers beat and injured Palestinian farmers in a field near the West Bank city of Nablus on Tuesday, Palestinian witnesses and doctors said. The settlers sprayed four Palestinians who were planting wheat with pepper gas and then beat them with sticks, the witnesses said. Two were injured, one moderately, and treated at a local hospital, doctors said. "They parked on the road and we thought they were just hiking but suddenly they put on masks and they sprayed me in my eyes and beat me and I couldn't see who it was," said farmer Hussein Asida, 46. A Palestinian youth, 15, was among those attacked, Asida said. The Palestinians said the attackers spoke Hebrew among themselves. Settlers from the nearby illegal outpost of Havat Gilad have attacked Palestinian farmers in the past.