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Settlers harass family near settlement

Sept. 1, 2010 3:10 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 2, 2010 9:05 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Approximately 50 Israeli settlers attacked the home of a Palestinian family near the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement on Wednesday, reportedly in response to the killing of four Israelis one day earlier.

A witness told Ma'an that the settlers threw empty bottles and stones at the home of Younis Idrees, and then set fire to the grass outside the building.

Israeli forces reportedly deployed at the scene and prevented further assaults. A military representative said she would investigate the report.

Meanwhile, an army source told Ma'an that an Israeli citizen was arrested near Hebron.

Locals reported an increase in tensions between residents and settlers in the area, afraid of revenge attacks following the shooting of four settlers on a road near the settlement, which Hamas claimed responsibility for.

In Nablus, Israeli settlers broke car windows Tuesday evening and cut down olive trees, Ghassan Doughlas, who heads the Palestinian Authority file on northern West Bank settlement activity.

The official told Ma'an that several cars were vandalized along the Jet junction between Nablus and Qalqiliya.
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