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Soldiers Do Nothing to Stop Settlers From Throwing Rocks at Palestinians

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Settlers were filmed on Friday hurling rocks at Palestinians near Nablus in the West Bank. In the video, soldiers are seen standing idly by, doing nothing to prevent the attack.

The video shows the settlers, some of them masked, hurling rocks at Palestinians on hills near the village of Einabus. The footage shows a soldier standing near the group of settlers. At some point, soldiers can be seen trying to remove the settlers from the scene, but none were detained.

A second video of the incident taken by an activist with the anti-occupation Yesh Din group shows a soldier throwing what appears to be a stun grenade at the Palestinians, and another firing a round of unknown ammo at a Palestinian man. The Palestinians said one man was hurt and was taken to nearby hospital. The extent of his injuries was unclear.

The military said that a confrontation between Palestinians and settlers broke out after a group of Palestinians started walking toward the settlement of Yitzhar. Soldiers "tried to break them up and end the confrontation," said the army, adding that "the force responded with crowd dispersal measures and [fired] rubber-coated bullets at the rioters who were standing next" to the soldiers.

The military confirmed that one Palestinian was wounded in the incident and was evacuated from the scene.

Videos show settlers throwing rocks at Palestinians as soldiers stand idly by

This is the latest such incident to take place in the area, near Yitzhar, outpost of Givat Ronen and Palestinian villages of Einabus and Burin.

After similar incidents occurred in recent weeks, the military said it doesn't have the authority to arrest Israelis and added that police were called to deal with the settlers hurling rocks. However, no arrests have been made in any of the incidents.

In one incident that took place near Einabus last week, Israeli soldiers were filmed standing nearby trying to keep away some of the masked Israelis who were seen throwing rocks at a vehicle with a Palestinian driver inside that was paving a road in the area. From outside the frame of the video, filmed by Rabbis for Human Rights, the soldiers used crowd control measures, apparently on the Palestinians who the army said "clashed" with the settlers. 

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