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Settler clashes erupt in Nabi Salih

Feb. 28, 2011 11:04 P.M. (Updated: March 1, 2011 2:49 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Clashes erupted in Nabi Salih on Monday after settlers tried to enter the Ramallah village, locals said.

Residents of the illegal Hallamish settlement gathered at the entrance to the village, and residents set fire to rubber tires to stop the settlers entering, Popular Committee officials said.

Israeli forces intervened and the settlers returned to the settlement, officials added.

Palestinian Authority settlement affairs official Ghassan Doughlas on Monday urged Palestinians to avoid areas where settlers gather for their own safety, after an escalation in settler attacks.

On Monday settlers set fire to a home in Huwwara village near Nablus and threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at Palestinian cars in protest over Israel's demolition of structures in illegal outposts.

Nablus' main road and checkpoint were closed as Israeli police tried to contain the violence.

The UN has warned of an escalation in violent attacks by settlers against Palestinians since the beginning of 2011.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that settlers have killed two Palestinian teenagers and injured another 14 since January.

However Israeli peace group Yesh Din says only a fraction of incidents are reported.

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