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Israeli settlers raid Nablus-area Palestinian village, damage car

March 3, 2016 3:28 P.M. (Updated: March 4, 2016 7:51 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Israeli settlers from the Yitzhar settlement in southern Nablus raided the village of Asira al-Qibliya on Thursday, Hebrew media reported.

Hebrew-language news sites reported that settlers shattered the wind shield of Palestinian car before Israeli forces arrived to the area to evacuate the settlers.

No injuries among the Palestinian passengers were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson was looking into the incident.

Overnight Wednesday, Israeli forces closed off the road leading to Yitzhar settlement, as well as several other routes around Nablus city, after two Palestinians reportedly stabbed and lightly injured two Israeli soldiers on Wednesday evening.

As part of the lockdown on the city, Israeli forces closed Huwwara checkpoint, the major thoroughfare in the northern occupied West Bank. Traffic travelling northbound into Nablus remained open.

Since the start of the year, the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has recorded at least 10 cases of damage to Palestinian property committed by Israeli settlers, and four cases of Israeli settlers causing injury to Palestinian civilians.

In all of 2015, the office documented 132 instances of settler's causing damage to Palestinian property and 89 Palestinian injuries caused by settler violence.

While Palestinian's are often detained and charged for throwing rocks at Israeli cars, which can lead to jail sentences of up to 20 years in prison, rights' groups have documented that Israeli forces turn a blind eye to settlers committing the same crime.

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