3 detained after firebombs thrown near Nablus
Published Wednesday 05/03/2014 (updated) 06/03/2014 16:43
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinian man were detained in villages south of Nablus on Wednesday, hours after four Molotov cocktails were thrown at a bus carrying Israeli settlers in the area.
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that dozens of Israeli soldiers raided the village of Madama and carried out searches in the area.
Locals told Ma'an that Mohammad Fawwaz Shareef Salih was detained near the village by Israeli forces.
Israeli forces also detained two Palestinians in the Asira Al-Qibliya village nearby on Wednesday evening.
Locals told Ma'an that Israeli forces arrested Majd Ahmad Saleh, 25, a Palestinian security forces officer, as well as Mohammad Fawaz Salih, 22, near Burin bridge near the main road.
The two were reportedly taken to Huwwara military base south of Nablus.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said she was not familiar with the incidents.
The area around the villages south of Nablus is a frequent site of settler violence and Palestinian clashes with Israeli forces as it is located beside the notoriously violent Israeli settlement of Yitzhar.
In mid-February, local settlers threw rocks at Palestinian schoolchildren and attacked a local high school in two separate incidents that led to clashes.
Settlers frequently attack a number of local villages and prevent farmers from reaching their lands, according to UNOCHA, in addition to attacks on local olive trees themselves.
As a result, local youths sometimes respond by targeting vehicles belonging to settlers on the area's main roads.