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Boy among 5 injured by settler stones in north

April 24, 2011 2:10 P.M. (Updated: April 25, 2011 9:16 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Five were injured by settler stone throwers on Sunday, medics said, as members of communities of Israeli Jews residing illegally in the West Bank launched rocks from several areas in the north.

Among the injured, medics said, was a 13-year-old boy who was taken to the Rafidiya Government Hospital in Nablus for treatment of head wounds.

Two others from the village of Urif, were injured when rocks they said were thrown by settlers smashed their car's windshield as they drove near the village of Huwwara.

Murad Mustafa Al-Yatem, a taxi driver, said settlers torched his car as it was parked next to his home near the village of Burin south of Nablus.

Settlers were reported throwing rocks from a hilltop near the village of Beit Furik and at the Madama junction, south of Nablus, from early in the afternoon.

At Madama, locals said the rock throwing sparked clashes. No injuries were reported.

Earlier Sunday, a group of settlers tried to illegally enter Joseph's Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus. Under Israeli law, settlers wishing to enter the religious site - in the center of a Palestinian residential district - must request a military escort. Officials said the settlers made no attempt to coordinate the visit.

One man was killed and four wounded when they came under fire as they left the shrine.

Palestinian security officials said officers told the settlers they were not authorized to be there without coordination but the group responded by pointing their guns toward Palestinian police.

Security forces first fired warning shots into the air, according to Palestinian officials.

The Israeli military said Palestinian officials notified Israeli coordinators that a Palestinian policeman shot in the group's direction "after identifying suspicious movements."

Palestinian Authority security spokesman Adnan Dmeiri told Ma'an a committee had been formed to investigate the incident.

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