West Bank: Palestinians & Settlers clash = 10 injured

Security forces called in to disperse some 30 settlers & 100 Palestinians who clashed near Binyamin settlement

Itamar Fleishman

Violent riots broke out Saturday as dozens of settlers and Palestinians clashed in the West Bank settlement of Binyamin. Ten people sustained injuries as a result of stone hurling.

Settlers clash with Palestinians in Urif last week – Photo Reuters

The clashes started when settlers arrived at a central junction in the settlement in order to protest the recent incidents stone throwing at Israeli cars in the region. According to settlers, Palestinians from neighboring villages arrived at the scene and began hurling stones and attacking them with sticks.

Border Guard and IDF troops at the scene attempted to separate the settlers, some 30 people, and approximately 100 Palestinians.

Settlers reported that three people were injured. One of the settlers that were injured was taken to the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva, where doctors reported he had suffered fractures to his skull and was in serious condition.

Though the rioters were dispersed, stone hurling continued in the area.

Earlier Saturday two Israeli citizens were injured from stone thrown at their direction at the Binyamin Regional Council.

Clashes in the region are predominantly attributed to the stabbing of Eviatar Borovsky in the Tapuach Junction last week. Following the murder, several riots erupted in the West Bank and security forces have bolstered presence in the area.


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