Clashes break out as settlers attack farmers near Nablus
Published Thursday 06/02/2014 (updated) 08/02/2014 15:17
File picture shows Israeli settlers in the illegal outpost of Esh
Kodesh near the West Bank village of Tormusayya, on March 5,
2008.(AFP/File Menahem Kahana)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Clashes broke out near Nablus on Thursday after settlers attacked a group of Palestinian farmers, an official said.
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that a group of settlers from the outpost of Esh Kodesh tried to stop farmers from harvesting their land in the village of Qusra.
The farmers defied the intruders and dozens of residents from Qusra rushed to the scene to help defend the land after a watchman alerted villagers using a loudspeaker from the village mosque.
The settlers fled the scene and Israeli military forces raided the area.
An Israeli spokeswoman confirmed the clashes and said border police and Israeli military forces were at the scene and used "riot dispersal means" against the villagers.
In January, villagers in the Qusra and Jalud area managed to apprehend a group of settlers who had attempted to attack them and their property, holding them for several hours in a house.
The settlers, who were from the illegal outpost of Esh Kodesh, were later transferred to Israeli security forces after the villagers called PA liaison officials.
Settler attacks against Palestinians and their property are routine and often happen in the presence of Israeli military forces.