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Dozens injured after settlers attack Palestinian villagers near Nablus

Nov. 9, 2013 8:43 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 11, 2013 12:10 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers and soldiers attacked Palestinian villagers south of Nablus on Saturday afternoon, leading to dozens of Palestinian casualties from excessive tear gas.

Clashes broke out in the village of Burin after settlers attacked Palestinian locals in the village's eastern neighborhood, said Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank.

Israeli forces subsequently joined the clashes on the side of the settlers, launching tear gas and stun grenades at Palestinians and their homes.

Dozens of Palestinians suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation during the course of the clashes, Daghlas added.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that Palestinians "approached Givat Ronen," and Israeli forces "prevented them from crossing" into the settlement using "riot dispersal means."

Givat Ronen is an outpost of the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Har Bracha.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.

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