Israeli soldiers shoot, injure 2 Palestinians near Nablus
Published Wednesday 22/01/2014 (updated) 23/01/2014 22:23
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers shot and injured two Palestinians during clashes after settlers attacked the Nablus village of Beit Furik on Wednesday, a Palestinian Authority official told Ma'an.
Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, said that settlers from Itamar raided the al-Judoo neighborhood of Beit Furik and began damaging Palestinian homes and other property.
Clashes broke out after locals confronted the attackers.
Israeli forces in the area fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the Palestinian villagers, with locals saying that Mahmoud Shukri Imleitat, 20, was hit in the back with live fire and Rashad Nimir Rasasi, 21, was shot in the hand.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said that "a riot erupted near Beit Furik as a group of Palestinians ignited fire and hurled rocks at Israeli civilians."
Israeli soldiers arrived at the scene and used riot dispersal means, she said, adding that one Palestinian was hit in the lower extremities by a rubber bullet.