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Man injured as settlers attack Palestinian farmers near Burin

March 23, 2014 12:19 P.M. (Updated: March 24, 2014 11:59 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Clashes broke out Sunday morning after Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian farmers in their fields near the northern West Bank village of Burin south of Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement-related activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that dozens of settlers from the nearby Bracha settlement attacked Palestinian farmers in the eastern fields of Burin.

The farmers fought back and clashes broke out as both sides hurled stones at each other.

As a result, 30-year-old Munir Qandus was injured by a stone and was evacuated to the hospital for treatment.

Daghlas highlighted that Israeli settlers "use all means possible to prevent Palestinian residents from building agricultural roads which would help them access their lands."

The area around the villages south of Nablus is a frequent site of settler violence and Palestinian clashes with Israeli forces as it is located beside the notoriously violent Israeli settlements of Yitzhar and Bracha.

In mid-February, local settlers threw rocks at Palestinian schoolchildren and attacked a local high school in two separate incidents that led to clashes.

Settlers frequently attack a number of local villages and prevent farmers from reaching their lands, according to UNOCHA, in addition to attacks on local olive trees themselves.

As a result, local youths sometimes respond by targeting vehicles belonging to settlers on the area's main roads.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property in the occupied West Bank is systematic and ignored by Israeli authorities, who rarely intervene in the violent attacks or prosecute the perpetrators.

In 2013, there were 399 incidents of settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
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