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Dozens of Palestinians confront armed Israeli settlers in Nablus-area village

Jan. 20, 2017 4:22 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 22, 2017 6:57 P.M.)
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NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinians confronted four armed Israeli settlers in a village in the southern part of Nablus city in the northern occupied West Bank early Friday, allegedly preventing them from assaulting local Palestinian residents.

Abd al-Athim al-Wadi, the mayor of the village of Qusra where the incident took place, told Ma’an that four armed Israeli settlers had “raided” the village, prompting dozens of Palestinians to surround them and prevent them from hurting residents or damaging property.

The settlers allegedly threatened to use their weapons on the Palestinians if they came closer or were attacked.

Al-Wadi added that Palestinian officials were informed of the incident and said they were making calls to have the settlers removed from the village, as they had received news that Israeli forces were preparing to raid the community.

Security sources told Ma’an that the settlers were later delivered to Israeli authorities, adding that the settlers were from the nearby illegal settlement outpost of Yesh Kodesh.

Conflicts between the residents of Qusra village and settlers residing illegally in the Yesh Kodesh outpost are frequently reported, with settlers uprooting the village’s olive trees and clashes erupting between the settlers and local Palestinians.

Back in 2014, residents of Qusra held at least 18 Israeli settlers “captive” for several hours after clashes broke out following Israeli attempts at uprooting olive trees in the area.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in illegal settlements across the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, in violation of international law.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there were a total of 107 reported settler attacks against Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem in 2016.

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