School children 'beat up' settler after he wanders into Nablus village
Published Sunday 23/03/2014 (updated) 26/03/2014 12:59
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A settler who mistakenly wandered into a northern West Bank village on Sunday has been returned to Israeli authorities by the Palestinian liaison office, an official said.
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that a settler from the illegal Israeli outpost of Homesh "accidentally" walked into the the village of Burqa west of Nablus.
The settler "begged and cried" as he was beaten up by dozens of school children, before locals intervened and took him to the Palestinian liaison office, Daghlas said.
Liaison officials then delivered the man to their Israeli counterparts, he said.
Homesh was evacuated by Israeli authorities in 2005, and in September, Israel's military said that land confiscated in 1978 to build the settlement would be returned to its Palestinian owners in Burqa.
In recent months, however, armed Jewish settlers have been trickling back to try and reestablish a permanent presence there, locals say.
More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.