ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 150

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Palestinian injured from stones hurled by settlers avenging deadly stabbing

Police arrest three Israelis, who army says instigated riot by pelting vehicles and preventing Palestinian traffic from entering Nablus

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

A Palestinian receives medical treatment by IDF soldiers after being hit in the head with a stone thrown by settlers near the entrance to Nablus on February 5, 2018. (courtesy)
A Palestinian receives medical treatment by IDF soldiers after being hit in the head with a stone thrown by settlers near the entrance to Nablus on February 5, 2018. (courtesy)

A Palestinian was moderately injured Monday evening when settlers hurled rocks at vehicles in the West Bank in an apparent revenge attack for the murder of an Israeli man hours earlier.

An IDF spokeswoman said that settlers instigated a riot by throwing stones at Palestinian vehicles near the entrance to Nablus, in apparent revenge for the killing of Itamar Ben-Gal in nearby Ariel.

Soldiers provided medical treatment for the wounded man, who was then taken to an Israeli hospital for further treatment.

Israel Police detained three settlers, who in addition to stone-throwing, had attempted to prevent Palestinian vehicles from entering Nablus.

A Rabbis for Human Rights field worker told The Times of Israel that several Palestinian cars sustained damage from the rocks.

A Palestinian vehicle that was damaged from stones hurled by settlers near the entrance of Nablus on February 5, 2018. (Courtesy)

Earlier Monday, a terrorist stabbed to death Ben-Gal while the 29-year-old father of four was waiting to hitchhike at the Ariel Junction in the central West Bank.

The suspect, named by Israeli officials as 19-year-old Abed al-Karim Assi, managed to evade capture following the attack, even after an IDF officer hit him with his car while in pursuit.

Magen David Adom paramedics treat Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal (inset), who was fatally stabbed in a terror attack at the West Bank settlement of Ariel, February 5, 2018. (MDA spokesperson)

Ben-Gal is the second Israeli to be killed in a terrorist attack in the West Bank in under a month.

On January 9, Rabbi Raziel Shevach, 35, was fatally shot near Nablus in the northern West Bank.

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