Israeli troops erect tents near Yabad
Published Tuesday 24/12/2013 (updated) 24/12/2013 15:26
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli troops erected three military tents near the main road of the northern West Bank town of Yabad on Tuesday morning.
Eyewitnesses told a Ma'an reporter that they saw three military tents on Palestinian olive trees near the main road between Jenin and Tulkarem.
Large numbers of Israeli soldiers deployed in the area, they added.
Locals said that they believe the Israeli military activity was in response to an attack with stones at an Israeli settler's vehicle traveling on the main road. The vehicle's windshield was smashed as a result of the attack.
In response, Israeli forces had threatened to occupy local houses if stone throwers continue to attack Israeli vehicles.
More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.
The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.