Settlers injure 4 Palestinians with rocks, set fire to land in Nablus

06:00 Oct 14 2015 Burin

Settlers injure 4 Palestinians with rocks, set fire to land in Nablus
Photo: An Israeli flag flutters as the children of Jewish settlers wait for the bus in Migron, in the occupied West Bank. (AFP/File Menahem Kahana)

NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Israeli settlers injured four Palestinians and one foreigner with rocks on Wednesday in the village of Burin in the northern Nablus district, a local official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that Israeli settlers from the illegal Yitzhar settlement threw stones at locals picking olives in the Jabal Suliman area of Burin, injuring four Palestinians and one foreigner.

Abudl-Muhaimen Asaous, 37, as well as a foreign volunteer identified only as David, were both injured with rocks to their heads and taken to Rafidia hospital for medical treatment.

Daghlas said that Israeli settlers set fire to dozens of acres of olive fields in the area connecting Burin and Huwwara.

Earlier this month in Huwwara, Israeli settlers violently assaulted two Palestinians while they were picking olives in a similar incident and injured them. The two need to be transferred to a hospital for treatment after the attack.

by IMEMC News & Agencies

Israeli settlers, Wednesday, set fire to large swaths of Palestinian-owned agricultural land near the village of Burin, to the south of Nablus in the West Bank, and injured a British activist while hurling stones at them, according to local sources.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in northern West Bank, told WAFA that a number of Israeli settlers broke into the area in the early morning hours and set fire to agricultural fields mostly planted with olive trees.

The settlers also chased local Palestinian farmers and targeted them with gunfire, Daghlas added.

A British activist, identified as David Hams, was accompanying Palestinian farmers to provide protection and support when Israeli settlers hurled stones at them.

Hams was hit with a large rock, and sustained serious injuries in his head. According to witnesses, Hams’ injury was serious; his blood covered his face and stained his t-shirt. He was transferred to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

The village of Burin is just two kilometers away from Yitzhar, an illegal Israeli settlement that is infamous for housing the most extremist settler community in the West Bank.

Yitzhar settlers regularly attack vulnerable Palestinian communities and clash with members of the Israeli security forces.

The settlement is at the forefront of the settlers’ movement's so called 'price tag' policy, which calls for attacks against Palestinians in retaliation for actions of the Israeli government against West Bank settlements. …
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