Israeli Settlers Throw Rocks Along West Bank Main Road, Clashes Erupt With Palestinians

Police and soldiers who arrived at the scene dispersed the Palestinians using stun grenades and detained one Palestinian

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Israeli soldiers take positions during clashes with Palestinian demonstrators near a Jewish settlement Yitzhar, near the West Bank city of Nablus, February 21, 2020.
Israeli soldiers take positions during clashes with Palestinian demonstrators near a Jewish settlement Yitzhar, near the West Bank city of Nablus, February 21, 2020.Credit: AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed
Hagar Shezaf
Hagar Shezaf

Israeli settlers on Thursday threw rocks along a main road near the settlement of Yitzhar, leading to clashes with Palestinians from the nearby village of Hawara.

Police and soldiers who arrived at the scene dispersed the Palestinians using stun grenades and detained one Palestinian.

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Nasser al-Hawari, the head of Hwara's local council, said a number of Palestinian stores and cars were damaged during the confrontation with the settlers, who belong to the infamous "hilltop youth" from Yitzhar, south of Nablus.

Honenu, an Israeli nonprofit, said a number of Israeli vehicles were also damage. 

The army is also investigating an incident that occurred on Wednesday, in which a Palestinian tried to shoot at a car carrying Israelis on the main road through Hawara. The owner of the car chased the Palestinian and fired in the air. The Israeli Defense Forces Spokesman’s Office said the incident is being investigated as an attempted terrorist attack. 

Earlier this month, a Palestinian shepherd in his fifties from the village of Burqa, east of Ramallah, was hospitalized in serious condition after allegedly being attacked by a group of about 10 settlers in the West Bank while herding his flock near Homesh, a former settlement that had been evacuated in 2004.

Last week, a Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli military forces in the West Bank near the settlement of Negohot, south-east of Hebron, after a suspected car-ramming attack that injured an Israeli soldier.

A few days earlier a 15-year-old Palestinian was killed by live fire in clashes with the IDF during an arrest raid in the Al Fuwar refugee camp near Hebron, and two more were injured. This incident happened after a 21-year-old soldier died during a raid in the village of Ya'bad, near Jenin, when a stone hurled from a rooftop struck his head.

Six Palestinians were wounded overnight after the killing of the soldier in clashes between Israeli forces and dozens of residents of the village where the soldier was killed. 

Also last week, Hebrew graffiti reading "I do not sleep when blood has been spilled herel" and "The lives of our soldiers come before the lives of the enemy," was spray painted in the West Bank village of Bilin, south of Beit El, in a suspected "price tag" hate crime

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