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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Video: Israeli settlers storm Palestinian village, soldiers injure boy

Israeli settlers stormed a Palestinian village on Tuesday. Israeli soldiers protecting them fired at unarmed Palestinians, injuring a 14-year-old boy.

NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A 14-year-old Palestinian was hurt by Israeli forces on Tuesday during clashes with settlers in Asira Al-Qibliya village south of Nablus, witnesses and medics said. [see video]

Medics said Israeli forces shot Aref Aref in the back, during confrontations which erupted after dozens of settlers marched on the village. AFP said he was hurt by a tear-gas canister.

A journalist, Ayman An-Noubany, was also injured by a rock, medics said, adding that they were both taken to Rafedia Hospital in Nablus.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said forces used "riot dispersal means" to respond to clashes in the village.

She was not aware that any teenagers were shot at, but said a Palestinian man was injured "probably by a rock hurled by an Israeli civilian."

Palestinian fire fighters said they extinguished a blaze in the garden of a home in Asira Al-Qibiliya.

The fire was believed to have been sparked by a tear gas grenade, a civil defense report said.

Volunteers from a watchdog committee set up to document settler attacks said around 40 settlers tried to raid Asira Al-Qibiliya, and that they were protected by Israeli forces.

Settlers pelt homes in outbreak of attacks ahead of UN bid

NABLUS, (PIC)– Jewish settlers pelted homes in the West Bank village of Asira al-Qibliyya, southwest of Nablus, in a dangerous outbreak of racial attacks coinciding with a bid by Palestinian politicians to get full membership in the UN.

Locals said a group of settlers held a rally that began in nearby Yitzhar settlement, reputed for its extremism, and stoned houses in Asira al-Qibliyya as the march progressed in that direction.

The sources added that a cameraman was hit in the chest with a rock as he tried to document the attack.

Palestinians residing in the settlement-infested region south of Nablus have reported a burst of settler attacks in conjunction with the launch of massive rallies headed for Itamar settlement as announced by settlers.

The rally is expected to inflame the sentiments of the local Palestinian population, especially in flashpoint areas where frequent friction with settlers takes place..

The rally was called for by Jewish rabbis in opposition to the Palestinians’ request for statehood at the UN.

On Monday, Jewish settlers set fire to dozens of dunams area of land in Einabus south of Nablus in the framework of those attacks.

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