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Settlers near Yitzhar Photo courtesy of Yesh Din
Settlers near Yitzhar Photo courtesy of Yesh Din
 
 

Attack aftermath: Settlers block roads, hurl stones

Young rightists hurl stones at Palestinians to protest Itamar terror attack; Nablus governor advises locals to stay away from highway. Several settlers detained

Yair Altman
Published: 03.13.11, 00:09 / Israel News

Settlers embark on 'price tag' campaign: West Bank settlers blocked a junction in the Gush Etzion area Saturday evening and hurled stones at Palestinians to protest the Itamar terror attack, which claimed the lives of five Israelis.

 

Several settlers were detained by police and IDF forces called to the scene.

 

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Elsewhere, rightist activists blocked an intersection near Psagot, on Highway 60. Palestinian residents said settlers from the Bat Ayin community took part in the protest and that police forces hurled teargas grenades at Arabs at the site.

 

In another case, Palestinians reported that settlers entered the village of Hawara and hurled stones at residents. IDF troops reportedly attempted to create a buffer zone between Jews and Arabs at the site.

 

The locals said they were staying at home for fear of attacks.

 

As result of Palestinian fears, the governor of the Nablus district advised Palestinian residents to avoid Highway 60 in the section between Nablus and Ramallah, for fear that settlers may try to hurt them.

 

Earlier in the day, settlers rioted near Itamar and hurled stones at Palestinians in Hebron. During the day, a group of settlers, some of them masked, left the community of Yitzhar and headed towards a nearby Palestinian village, hurling stones at residents using slingshots. No injuries were reported in the incident.

 

Elior Levy contributed to the story

 

 

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