Settlers Attack West Bank Village With Stones, Palestinians Say

Israeli troops fire tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse clashes

Jewish settlers throw rocks at Palestinians during clashes near the Jewish settlement of Yitzhar.
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Dozens of settlers threw stones at Palestinian homes south of Nablus and clashed with residents on Saturday, according to Palestinian reports. 

According to Ghassan Douglas, a Palestinian Authority official who deals with settlements, told Haaretz that some 100 settlers from Yitzhar took part in the attack in the village of Urif. A house was damaged.

According to Douglas, Israel Defense Forces units that arrived on the scene clashed with residents and used tear gas and rubber bullets. Four Palestinians were wounded in the clashes. 

On Friday, activists accompanying Palestinian shepherds near a West Bank settlement were attacked by settlers.

Settlers threw stones at the activists, who belong to the Ta'ayush organization, and tried to hit them with clubs near the Baladim outpost. Four of the activists were lightly hurt, according to a complaint filed with the police. 

A video captured by the activists shows masked figures approaching and attacking the group before fleeing.