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Violence after Israel evacuates outpost

Jan. 13, 2011 11:40 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 15, 2011 9:38 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Fierce clashes erupted Thursday between villagers from a village located south Nablus and armed settlers entering the residential area of the village.

Witnesses said dozens of settlers entered the area, setting fire to civilian cars, throwing stones and shooting at homes.

Six Palestinians were injured by stones, including one seriously, in the clashes.

Palestinian Authority official Ghassan Doughlas said the clashes erupted as dozens of settlers got together south of Qusra village to demonstrate against the Israeli army’s demolition of an illegal outpost.

Doughlas said the settlers opened fire toward Palestinians and burned a man's car.

Eyewitnesses said the clashes lasted hours and identified six victims, three teenagers and three older men.

The day before, two busloads of Israeli soldiers were seen deployed in the village late Tuesday ahead of the demolition which removed a cement structure, agriculture buildings, and tents in the outpost, which locals said was called Yesh Dam.

Daghlas, who monitors settlements in the northern West Bank, said the day before that “This outpost was the launch point of many attacks against Palestinian property in Nablus, the latest of which was the uprooting of trees in Qusra," and said he was glad the site had been evacuated.

Settlements in lands occupied by Israel in 1967 are illegal under international law, and settlement outposts, areas taken in addition to confiscated settlement lands, are considered illegal under Israeli law.

The construction of settlement outposts is often an attempt by settlers seeking to establish permanent control over the West Bank to create "facts on the ground" in the hopes that the outposts will eventually become part of the official settlement borders.

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