IDF soldiers at scene of incident
Photo: AFP

Settlers, Palestinians clash south of Nablus

IDF called to disperse brawl near village of Burin. Palestinians claim settlers were picking olives on their land; settlers say Palestinians wounded Jewish shepherd. IDF declares area restricted military zone

Palestinians from the West Bank village of Burin and settlers from the settlement of Har Brakha, near Nablus, clashed Monday.


IDF soldiers dispatched to the scene dispersed the clash, declared the area a restricted military zone and restored order.


The reason for the clash has yet to be determined. The settlers claim that a resident of Givat Ronen – the settlement adjacent to Har Bracha, was violently attacked by 10 Palestinians while tending his sheep inside the Jewish community's boundaries.

Troubled olive harvest (Photo: AFP) 


The settlers further claim that the assailants tried to drag the man back to Burin, but he managed to escape and get help.


IDF forces arriving at the scene were stoned and had to use a stun grenade to restore order.


The Palestinians, however, claim that the clash erupted after settlers were spotted picking olives from the village trees.

Palestinian evacuated for medical treatment (Photo: AFP)


The Palestinian then contacted the Rabbis for Human Rights group, which in turn informed the District Coordination Office of the incident.


Moreover, according to the Palestinians, the soldiers who arrived at the scene had trouble evacuating the settlers.


The Palestinians further claimed that following the clash, seven armed settlers positioned themselves on a hilltop overlooking the village, guns drawn.


The IDF confirmed that a clash which included stoning erupted between settlers and Palestinians, and that troops were sent to the area and had declared it a restricted military zone.


Aviel Magnezi contributed to this report



פרסום ראשון: 09.20.10, 14:07
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