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Israeli Settlers Seek Refuge Following Shooting Incident South of Nablus

02 December, 2017, 01:15 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Smoke billows in Gaza City after Israeli jets targeted militant posts in retaliation for mortar rounds fired from the enclave

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the 12 mortar shells launched, which the Israeli military said targeted a military post near where a construction crew was working on "important security infrastructure" along the border.

A United Nations agency that monitors incidents said earlier this year that an increase in settler violence had occurred alongside a major rise in Palestinian attacks against Israelis, the vast majority of which involved stone-throwing at vehicles.

An Israeli and a Palestinian were killed on Thursday in two separate incidents in Israel and the occupied West Bank, officials said. From conversations with five witnesses to the incident, two soldiers and three settlers, Haaretz has learned that dozens of Palestinians surrounded a group of Israeli youths hiking in the area and threw rocks at them.

Israeli Jewish settlers Thursday trespassed on the field of Mahmoud Odeh, 48, near Qusra before shooting him dead and injuring Fayez Hasan, 47, in the leg.

"One of the rioters was hit by gunfire", the statement added. Medics also treated the wounded. "IDF forces arrived at the site and rescued all the hikers".

The Times of Israel reported that the settler who opened fire was one of two "armed escorts" for the hikers.

The Samaria Regional Council said the incident was an attempted lynching in which some 100 Palestinians took part.

Palestine was seized by Britain following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire early last century, after which Arthur James Balfour, Britain's then foreign minister, gifted it to the "Jewish people".

The Israel Defence Forces said the father shot at Odeh in "self-defense".

More than 600,000 Jews live in about 140 settlements built since Israel's 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

According to the right-wing legal organization Honenu, after the parents in question were released from hospital, they went to a police station in the settlement of Ariel to file a complaint against the stone-throwers.



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