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10 injured in clash between settlers and Palestinians

Security forces intervene after violent melee follows stone-throwing attacks

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Illustrative photo: Masked Jewish settlers, background, and Palestinians, foreground, hurl stones during clashes in the West Bank, Friday, May 3, 2013. (Issam Rimawi/Flash90)
Illustrative photo: Masked Jewish settlers, background, and Palestinians, foreground, hurl stones during clashes in the West Bank, Friday, May 3, 2013. (Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

Security forces separated a crowd of some 30 settlers and 100 Palestinians at they fought in a wild melee of stone-throwing and blows on Saturday night.

Ten people, three of them settlers, were injured in the clash. One of the settlers was hospitalized with moderate head wounds. Doctors at the Tel Hashomer medical center said on Sunday that Aharon Zaltkin’s condition was serious, that he was unconscious, and had a fractured skull, Ynet reported.

The incident happened at the Doar Junction in the northern West Bank after settlers arrived to protest against continued stone-throwing by Palestinians at Israeli cars in the area. According to the settlers, Palestinians from surrounding villages came to the junction and attacked them with clubs and stones. IDF and border police units scrambled to the scene and separated the two sides.

Palestinians threw stones at security forces in another location in the area and the forces responded with crowd dispersal methods.

Earlier in the day Palestinians injured two settlers in another stone-throwing attack near the settlement of Dolev. The injured men were taken to the hospital with head injuries.

An Israeli vehicle was fired upon Thursday evening in the West Bank along the main road between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. There were no injuries reported.

In the car were a resident of Mevasseret Zion and a European tourist. According to Walla News, the two were hiking in the area when they noticed a Palestinian man nearby. He opened fire at them after they returned to their car and started driving away. IDF forces that combed the area later found the spent cartridges and the shooter’s footprints.

There have been continued clashes between settlers and Palestinians since the fatal stabbing last week of an Israeli man. Evyatar Borowsky, a father of five from the Yitzhar settlement, was stabbed to death on Tuesday by Salam As’ad Zaghel at the Tapuah Junction in the northern West Bank as he waited at a bus stop. Zaghel also grabbed Borowsky’s gun and opened fire on Border Police at an adjacent checkpoint. The police returned fire, wounding Zaghel before apprehending him. He was taken to an Israeli hospital.

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