A group of Israeli settlers on Saturday reportedly attacked Palestinian homes and clashed with local residents near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
Palestinians and settlers threw stones at each other near the village of Urif. The incident started after dozens of settlers from the nearby community of Yitzhar attacked Palestinian homes on the eastern side of the village, Palestinian officials told the Haaretz daily.
Ghassan Douglas, the director of the Palestinian Authority’s settlement department, told Haaretz that over 100 settlers threw stones and confronted Urif’s Palestinian residents.
The clashes were broken up by Israeli security forces who fired tear gas and rubber-coated bullets at the Palestinians. The army told Haaretz that they were not sure who started the fight or what prompted the clashes.
According to Douglas, four Palestinians were hit by rubber-coated bullets during the dispersal.
Israel’s Channel 10 said the Palestinians villagers shot firecrackers and threw stones at the security forces and settlers.
On Friday, a group of masked settlers attacked a number of left-wing activists in the West Bank, beating them with baseball bats and stones.
A video of the incident captured by a left-wing activist at the scene and published by B’Tselem showed masked youths rushing at the activists, screaming obscenities and hurling stones and swinging sticks and bats.
B’Tselem said the incident occurred near the village of Al-Auja in the Jordan Valley and that Palestinian villagers were also attacked. The attackers were said to be youths from a nearby outpost, Baladim.
IDF helicopters dispersed the settlers from the scene.