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Settler clashes in northern West Bank

Dec. 29, 2010 3:46 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 30, 2010 2:11 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Settler clashes broke out in two locations in the northern West Bank on Wednesday, resulting in the destruction of several cars and fire damage to agricultural fields, officials said.

In the town of Asira Al-Qibliya south west of Nablus, farmers reported being attacked by settlers from the neighboring settlement of Yitzhar, for the second day in a row.

Palestinian Authority official Ghassan Doughlas said half a dozen settlers had come down from the settlement that lies south west of the village, and torched lands.

Farmers, trying to defend their lands, told Doughlas that settlers withdrew from the area causing minimal damage.

Further south near Sinjil, just off the Ramallah-Nablus road at the south of the Nablus district, Israeli forces closed the main thoroughfare as dozens of settlers threw stones on Palestinian cars, breaking the windshields of several vehicles.

Secretary-General of Trade Unions of Palestine, who was at the scene, said the settlers were positioned near the Shilo settlement.
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