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Palestinians clash with Israeli forces, settlers in Hebron

Oct. 4, 2015 3:46 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 4, 2015 7:59 P.M.)
A Palestinian youth kicks a garbage container during clashes with Israeli forces on September 21, 2015 in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (AFP/Musa al-Shaer/File)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Clashes erupted early Sunday between Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers in the outskirts of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, as large numbers of settler attacks were also reported.

Locals told Ma'an that clashes took place in the Beit Unoon and al-Hawawir areas of the city, near a main road known as Route 60.

They said that an Israeli military vehicle caught fire after young Palestinian men hurled a Molotov cocktail. No casualties were reported.

In response, Israeli troops reportedly fired gunshots, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas at protesters.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment.

In the nearby town of Beit Ummar, locals told Ma'an that Palestinian youths hurled an improvised explosive device at an Israeli military post at the main entrance to the town.

Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition at a young man who fled the scene, they said.

Israeli forces also reportedly closed the main entrance to al-Arrub refugee camp north of Hebron after local youths pelted Israeli military vehicles with stones.

Just north of Hebron, Israeli forces detained two Palestinian teenagers from al-Khader in the Bethlehem district.

Local sources identified the detainees as Yazan Omar al-Sir, 16, and Ahmad Ibrahim al-Sir,18, and said that they were both assaulted by Israeli troops.

Palestinian protesters throw stones in the West Bank town of Hebron on September 29, 2015 to show solidarity with Palestinians who clashed with Israeli security at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. (AFP/Hazem Bader/File)

Settler attacks

Separately, a large number of Israeli settler attacks were also reported across Hebron district on Sunday morning.

A group of settlers were reported to have stormed al-Baraka park in Yatta, south of Hebron, and assaulted an unarmed elderly Palestinian guard identified as Jasir Hazazi, 65, locals said.

In response, local young men chased the settlers who fled from the scene.

Meanwhile, Israeli settlers were reported to have smashed solar panels in a Palestinian neighborhood east of Yatta, where they also reportedly broke into the home of Mahmoud Abu Qbeita family and attacked his family members.

A group of settlers reportedly smashed the windows of a car belonging to a Palestinian doctor, Imad Abu Iram, near the village of Zif, south of Hebron.

East of Hebron, Settlers reportedly stormed the home of Palestinian man, identified as Kayid Daana, in Wadi al-Hussein neighborhood near the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement.

Settlers also attacked the Salayma neighborhood in the same area, locals said.

Israeli forces subsequently closed a road between Beer al-Id and Janaba neighborhoods and prevented shepherds from pasturing their sheep in the area.

Tensions between Palestinians and Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank have soared in recent days after two Israeli settlers were shot dead in the northern West Bank on Thursday by suspected Palestinian attackers.

Since the shootings, there has been an upsurge of settler attacks against Palestinian people and their property.
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