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PA official: Settlers attack laborers in Nablus

12:00 Sep 2 2012 Qaryut

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NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Settlers attacked a group of Palestinian laborers in Nablus on Sunday, a PA official said.

Ghassan Doughlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that settlers from Shilo physically assaulted workers on a main road near the village of Qaryut, which is located opposite the illegal settlement.

The workers were paving roads in the area at the time of the attack and a scanning device worth around 50,000 shekels ($12,400) was destroyed in the assault, Doughlas said.

Settler attacks against Palestinians and their property is systematic in the occupied West Bank with the perpetrators rarely facing prosecution.

On Saturday, settlers from Nahal Negohot attacked a service taxi and its passengers near Dura, with the transit vehicle managing to escape, locals said.

Five Palestinians were wounded on Friday morning after a group of settlers threw stones at their bus near Ramallah, witnesses said.

On Monday, a group of Israeli settlers attacked an elderly man from Khirbet Bir Al-Idd village, near Hebron, medics and the Israeli army said.

Eight residents of the illegal Mitzpe Yair attacked Ismail Ibrahim al-Adra, 65, and then fled the scene, locals told Ma'an.

Last week, Israeli police arrested three Israeli settlers, aged 12 to 13, suspected of firebombing a Palestinian taxi near Hebron.
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