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Settler youth filmed hurling stones at Palestinian town as IDF soldiers look on

Yesh Din rights group says troops fired teargas at Palestinians during incident in northern West Bank, causing smoke inhalation injuries to two people

Illustrative: Israeli soldiers stand by as masked Israeli settlers throw stones at Palestinian protesters (unseen) gathering during a demonstration against construction on an Israeli outpost near the Palestinian village of Turmusaya and the settlement of Shilo, north of Ramallah in the West Bank, October 17, 2019. (JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP)
Illustrative: Israeli soldiers stand by as masked Israeli settlers throw stones at Palestinian protesters (unseen) gathering during a demonstration against construction on an Israeli outpost near the Palestinian village of Turmusaya and the settlement of Shilo, north of Ramallah in the West Bank, October 17, 2019. (JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP)

Settler youth were filmed Friday afternoon hurling stones at a Palestinian village in the northern West Bank as Israel Defense Forces soldiers appeared to look on, without interfering in the attack.

Footage from the Yesh Din rights group showed roughly half a dozen masked Israelis pelting homes in Burin, near Nablus, for almost 20 minutes. At least two soldiers are seen walking through the group without appearing to take any action.

The rights group said the settlers had arrived from the direction of the Givat Ronen outpost, which has become known over the years as a hotbed for ultra-nationalist violence.

“At one point military forces arrived at the scene and began firing tear gas at Palestinians trying to protect the houses,” Yesh Din said in a statement, adding that two children suffered injuries due to smoke inhalation as a result, and that several homes were damaged by the stone-throwing.

“As is the case nearly every other time in the year, on the eve of the last night of the Sukkot holiday, violent settlers have decided to inflict terror on Palestinian residents in communities near the settlement of Yitzhar,” said Yesh Din CEO Lior Amichai, referencing another flashpoint Israeli town in the northern West Bank. “This happens while soldiers stand by, providing the violent rioters with protection instead of arresting them and protecting the Palestinians being attacked in their homes.”

Earlier Friday, Army Radio said defense officials were looking into whether Palestinian arsonists lit a portion of the fires ignited across the country amid a stifling heatwave. Residents of two settlements in the central West Bank were forced to temporarily evacuate their homes as a result of the blazes.

Last month, a pregnant woman and three other Palestinians were injured after Israeli settlers threw stones at the car they were traveling in.

The woman, who was 9-months pregnant, was seriously injured, according to the Palestinian Authority’s official Wafa news agency, which said the incident occurred near the West Bank town of Tursmusaya.

The reported stone-throwing recalled a similar incident in 2018 in which a Palestinian mother of eight was killed after a 16-year-old Israeli allegedly hurled a massive rock at the car she was traveling in.

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