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IDF arrests 2 Palestinians for trying to attack settler

Army says would-be assailants were deterred after owner of farm in southern West Bank fired his gun in the air as they approached

Jewish farmers pose next to a Palestinian man who tried to attack the owner of Talia Farm in the West Bank on October 24, 2017. (Har Hebron Regional Council)
Jewish farmers pose next to a Palestinian man who tried to attack the owner of Talia Farm in the West Bank on October 24, 2017. (Har Hebron Regional Council)

The Israel Defense Forces arrested two Palestinians in the West Bank on Tuesday for trying to attack a settler, the army said.

The owner of Talia Farm, an outpost located in the Hebron Hills in the southern West Bank, shot his gun in the air to deter the would-be attackers before IDF soldiers arrived and arrested the two Palestinians, according to the army.

A spokesperson for the Har Hebron Regional Council said the Palestinians attacked the farmer with a rock and a pole.

The IDF said soldiers were carrying out searches in the area.

The spokesperson for the Har Hebron Regional Council said the incident came after recent “friction” over the farm’s fencing, but said it was not immediately clear if there was a connection.

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