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2 settlers injured in Itamar skirmish

Two Israelis sustained light injuries following attack by Palestinians near West Bank settlement of Itamar; Palestinians claim settlers attacked first

Itamar Fleishman
Published: 04.12.12, 12:24 / Israel News

Two Israelis sustained light injuries Thursday after they were attacked by Palestinians wielding clubs on Thursday, on Hill 777, near the West Bank settlement of Itamar.


One of the settlers injured in the attack is Matan Fogel, the younger brother of the late Udi Fogel, who was murdered with his wife and three children in the Itamar massacre 13 months ago.


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The settlers claim that Fogel and the second victim were herding sheep when the Palestinians began throwing rocks at them. According to the settlers, the two were also beaten with clubs.


The two further claimed that the Palestinians then tried to steal their weapons.


At first the two refused to be taken to hospital but were then convinced to do so by the Magen David Adom team that was sent to the scene. 


This was the second time in the last week that Israeli shepherds have come under attack in the area. It is believed the attack ensued the entry of Palestinians to a restricted area in Harish.


Meanwhile, Palestinians are claiming that the settlers were the ones who attacked. They said that three Palestinians were wounded and five were arrested after settlers attacked them as they were carrying out farm work in Kfar Yanoun near Itamar.


An official within the Office of the West Bank settlements in the Palestinian Authority stated that the Palestinians were working in their fields in Kfar Yanoun when the settlers assaulted them in an attempt to prevent them from completing their work as their lands are adjacent to Itamar.


He noted that three Palestinians and several settlers were injured.




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