Israeli forces blockade village of Burin near Nablus after bus attack
Published Thursday 20/03/2014 (updated) 22/03/2014 14:01
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces closed all entrances to the village of Burin near Nablus on Thursday, preventing locals from leaving or entering their village, hours after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at an Israeli settler bus as it was passing by the nearby village of Madama.
Locals told Ma'an that Israeli forces closed the entrance to the village's main street near the Hawwara checkpoint south of Nablus with sand barriers.
Israeli soldiers were stationed at the barriers to ensure no locals were able to pass.
The Molotov cocktail thrown earlier in the day resulted in no injuries, Israeli sources said, but caused physical damage to the bus. Following the incident, Israeli forces launched a search for the culprits in the area.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said that Israeli forces had closed one of the entrances to Burin after the Molotov cocktail was thrown, but said that other entrances remained open.
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.
Settler violence against Palestinians and their property in the occupied West Bank is systematic and ignored by Israeli authorities, who rarely intervene in the violent attacks or prosecute the perpetrators.
In 2013, there were 399 incidents of settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.