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3 hurt in clash with settlers

June 3, 2011 12:56 A.M. (Updated: June 3, 2011 9:49 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Three Palestinians were injured Thursday in clashes after settlers set fire to farmland west of Nablus.

Ghassan Doughlas, a Palestinian Authority official in the northern West Bank, said the Palestinians' injuries were moderate.

Settlers blocked a road between Nablus and Qalqiliya and prevented Palestinians from crossing it, he said.

As’ad At-Taweel, 15, Adnan At-Taweel, 35, and Awad At-Taweel, 40, were hospitalized, medics said.

For the second time this week, meanwhile, villagers reported fires set by settlers in farmlands south of Nablus, with Burin residents pointing the finger at residents of the Yitzhar.

Also Thursday, 12 Palestinian vehicles were vandalized along the Nablus-Ramallah road not far from the Shilo settlement, where violence erupted before dawn as Israeli soldiers evacuated an illegal settlement outpost there.

The cars' windshields were broken by rocks, bats and sticks, locals told Ma'an, doors dented, paint scraped and decals ripped off in what residents blamed on settler aggression.

Israeli news sites reported that overnight in the same area, six Israeli border guards and five settlers were injured in confrontations that erupted during the evacuation of an illegal settlement outpost known as Ali Ayin, part of the Shilo settlement. Four structures were demolished during the evacuation, reports said, noting three settlers were detained for violent behavior.

According to Israel's Ynet news site, "settlers claim police used excess force, beat them, and used stun grenades unnecessarily," while police were said to have reported "massive resistance" including the blocking of roads and stone throwing.

"This incident marks an increase in violence," a police source told the news site, which said a Molotov cocktail had also been launched at a police vehicle shortly after the evacuation.
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