Settlers attack villages near Nablus, resident wounded 28May12 May 28, 2012

IMEMC  -  27 May 2012

Local sources in Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank reported Saturday that a group of armed Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers in their lands in a number of towns and villages in the Nablus district, shot and wounded a local farmer.

Medical sources in Nablus reported that the wounded resident, identified as Najeh As-Safady, was hit by a live round in his abdomen and was moved to a local hospital.

Ghassan Douglas, Palestinian liaison official in charge of Israeli settlements activities at the Palestinian National Authority, reported that settlers of the Yitzhar illegal settlement, built on Palestinian lands south of Nablus, escalated their attacks against the residents, and burnt dozens of Dunams of farmlands that belong to residents of four Palestinian villages.

Douglas said that the settlers attacked Huwwara town, Madama, Einabous, Burin and Orif before torching farmlands planted with olive trees, fruits and vegetables.
Local sources in Orif village reported that clashes took place between the residents and the invading settlers, and that Israeli soldiers fired gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets at the local protestors; several residents were treated for the effects of teargas inhalation.

Furthermore, soldiers kidnapped one resident as he was trying to raise a Palestinian flag on top of an Israeli military vehicle in the village.

On Friday, soldiers invaded several areas in the Hebron district, in the southern part of the West Bank, and fired rounds of live ammunition.

Eyewitnesses reported that the army invaded Al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, detained and interrogated a number of residents while inspecting their ID Cards.

The army also invaded Bani Neim town, and drove around in the town’s main square before firing two sound bombs; no arrests were reported.

Soldiers further invaded Ath-Thahiriyya town and drove in its main streets and neighborhoods.

The army also invaded Yatta, Ar-Reehiyya and As-Sammoa’, stopped and searched a number of vehicles and inspected the ID cards of dozens of resident; no arrests were reported.

Also on Friday, soldiers invaded Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, after claiming that a number of youths from the town hurled stones at settler vehicles driving near the town; no arrests were reported.


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