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Settler stoning causes bus to overturn, hurting 5

Dec. 28, 2009 6:15 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 29, 2009 4:25 P.M.)
Nablus – Ma’an – Five people were injured on Monday evening when a bus skidded out of control and overturned after it was pelted with stones thrown by Israeli settlers near the West Bank city of Nablus.

The incident occurred on the road near the settlement of Yitzhar.

Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) medics said the five were taken to the Women’s Union Hospital in Nablus for treatment of slight and moderate injuries.

Bus driver Methkal Khaled from Tulkarem, Rifat Arafeh from Jerusalem, Salam Rabaya from Jenin, and Bilal Farraj were injured, the medics said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that four Palestinians were injured in what the military termed a car accident. She said complaint was filed at the Nablus District Coordination Office (DCO) that the crash had been caused by stone throwing.

“After an initial search by IDF soldiers in the area no signs of rock-hurling were found,” she said.

Ghassan Daghlas, the Palestinian official charged with monitoring settler activity confirmed the incident.

Medical officials also said a medical relief vehicle was stoned by settlers on Monday morning on the Nablus-Ramallah road.

Tensions were already high in the Nablus area after Israeli special forces gunned down three Palestinian men in the city on Saturday. Israel alleged the three were behind the killing of a settler on Thursday.

The fatal shooting of the settler coincided with reported incidents of settler violence in the area.
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