Israeli Settlers Seek Refuge Following Shooting Incident South of Nablus

02 December, 2017, 01:15 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • A Palestinian protester hurls back a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during clashes in the West Bank village of Qusrah near Nablus

It said two people were injured by the rock throwing and that the settlers also hurled stones at ambulances from the Red Crescent that came to treat the wounded.

A Palestinian villager was shot dead by an Israeli settler in a clash in the West Bank on Thursday morning.

Following the clash, the Israeli group entered into a cave until Israeli security forces arrived to escort them out and provide medical treatment for the wounded.

The Palestinian Maan news agency, citing a local official, reported on Thursday that settlers attempted to raid Odeh's land and that he was shot in the chest as he attempted to prevent their entry.

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The Palestinians, however, said that 47-year-old Mahmoud Odeh was shot while working on his land in the northern West Bank village. One the adults accompanying the youths opened fire and killed a Palestinian man.

"When the farmers tried to push the settlers out of their farms", the eyewitness said, "an armed settler aimed his pistol towards a Palestinian farmer and opened fire".

Over 600,000 Israeli Jews now live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, making a contiguous Palestinian state virtually impossible.

The child, who gave an on-camera statement that was released by the Samaria Regional Council, said that a second group of Palestinians arrived at the entrance of the cave and helped drive back the initial group that was blocking their exit, until the army arrived.

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Since September 2015, Palestinians have killed more than 50 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British tourist in stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks.

Elrob and another Palestinian man were charged on October 29 with the October 4 murder of their Israeli employer Reuven Schmerling at their workplace in Kafr Qassem in central Israel.

The frequency and intensity of attacks has lessened in the past year.

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