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Northern villagers report new settler vandalism

Jan. 3, 2011 2:59 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 3, 2011 6:45 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Residents of Qusra village in the northern West Bank said settlers were behind a series of car-tire slashings and the slaughter of two sheep in their barn overnight.

Locals told head of the village council Hani Ismail they saw at least ten settlers enter a barn in the Nabuh neighborhood early on Monday morning, and when they entered to survey the damage, two of the animals were killed.

Ismail told Ma'an that the report came less than 48 hours after residents said car tires were damaged by a group of settlers in the area.

Palestinian Authority official Ghassan Doughlas said the latest incidents were likely perpetrated by settlers from an outpost known as Estra, located southeast of the village.

The barn targeted in the attack, he added, belonged to 55-year-old Sayel Ribhy Yousif Hasan.

On Sunday, villagers from Burin, north of Nablus, reported an overnight attack on a Palestinian home, saying dozens of armed settlers had attempted to enter the home of Um Ayman Suwan, but were stopped by residents who countered the attack.

Palestinians contacted the Israeli coordination office to intervene, after which the settlers left, Doughlas said.

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