Settler Attacks Officer in West Bank; 22 Palestinians Arrested After Clashes With Police

Dozens of settlers confront Israeli forces in the West Bank as Israel Police report clashes with Palestinians in East Jerusalem

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The Giv'at Ronen outpost, Wednesday.
The Giv'at Ronen outpost, Wednesday.Credit: Police spokesperson
Nir Hasson

A settler attacked an Israeli Border Police officer overnight into Thursday after police have reported that 22 Palestinians were arrested after clashes in East Jerusalem broke out. 

According to police, dozens of settlers confronted border police at the Giv'at Ronen outpost south of Nablus overnight into Thursday as the forces were conducting security operations in the area. Settlers hurled stones at the officer, burned tires and blocked the forces' way. A border police officer was reportedly attacked with tear gas and police vehicles' tires were slashed. 

On Wednesday evening, 22 Palestinians were arrested after clashes between police and local residents broke out in East Jerusalem. In At- Tur neighborhood Palestinians pummeled a police car with rocks, chairs and snowballs. The police backed away initially, but returned later and carried out arrests.

Incidents also occurred near Damascus gate and in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Isawiyah. Ultra-Orthodox Jews were reportedly attacked with snowballs.

In Isawiyah a fourteen-year-old boy was arrested for throwing rocks at a police car. According to local residents the boy lightly injured by sponge-tipped bullet fire.

On Friday, Seven human rights activists were lightly injured following an attack by settlers near the Palestinian village of Burin in the West Bank.

The activists had been in Burin, which is near Giva'at Ronen, to help Palestinian farmers plant trees in areas that had been damaged or vandalized in the past.

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