Official: Settlers start fire near Nablus

12:00 Oct 1 2011 Huwwara and Einabus, south of Nablus

NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Israeli settlers burned farmland south of Nablus on Saturday, a Palestinian official said.

Ghassan Doughlas, who monitors settler violence and vandalism in the northern West Bank, said land in the Einabus and Huwwara villages burned as the result of a fire set by residents of the illegal Yitzhar settlement.

The settlers had started a fire on the Einabus mountain but it spread to Huwara, he said. Residents of the villages were trying to control the blaze but strong winds hampered their effort.
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