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Settlers throw Molotov cocktails at cars in Nablus

March 13, 2011 9:39 P.M. (Updated: March 14, 2011 4:38 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers threw Molotov cocktails at Palestinian civilian vehicles traveling in the northern West Bank Sunday evening, and set fire to cars at a nearby garage, witnesses said.

The incidents took place at the Yitzhar junction near the illegal Israeli settlement of the same name, along the Huwwara road leading in and out of Nablus.

Settlers also threw stones, breaking the glass of at least one car window, witnesses reported.

"On their way back from the funeral procession of the settlers who were killed Friday, they threw stones and Molotov cocktails," one witness said, adding that Molotov cocktails thrown at a scrap yard outside a garage caused a fire to start, consuming at least five scrap vehicles.

On Saturday morning, hours after five members of a settler family were found killed in the Itamar settlement near Nablus, residents of nearby Huwwara said they were harassed by settlers, who tried to enter Palestinian homes in the eastern side of the town.

Town officials called on residents to gather in the area to protect the homes in a call over the loudspeakers of the local mosque to defend the area.

Other parts of the West Bank saw settler vandalism, with mobs of settlers said to have been roving in the north and southern West Bank. Ammar Abu Akar said he was driving home to Bethlehem with his family when settlers surrounded the car.

"Some 200 extremist settlers armed with guns, clubs, and knives obstructed our car on the road from Hebron to Bethlehem. We tried to run away, but they hurled stones at the car smashing its windshields," he said.

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