Palestinians clash with Israeli settlers in West Bank

Fighting breaks out near water source of Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh; one settler from nearby Halamish lightly wounded, IDF says

The West Bank settlement of Halamish (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
The West Bank settlement of Halamish (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Palestinians clashed with Israeli settlers on Friday near the city of Ramallah in the West Bank, the army said.

Fighting broke out near a water source for the Palestinian village of Nebi Saleh, and residents of the Halamish settlement fired gunshots into the air, an AFP photographer said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said one settler was lightly wounded in the clashes after Palestinians tried to block the access road to the settlement.

“Security forces intervened and dispersed the Palestinian protesters,” she said.

Nebi Saleh has for years been a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Each Friday, Palestinians, foreigners and some Israelis protest in the village against the expansion of the nearby Halamish settlement.

In August 2015, pictures of an armed Israeli soldier in Nebi Saleh pinning down a crying Palestinian boy against a rock went viral on social media and made international headlines.

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