At least five Palestinians were wounded on Saturday after residents of a hardline Israeli settlement attacked villages in the occupied West Bank south of Nablus, medical sources said.
Ghassan Douglas, the director of the Palestinian Authority's settlement department, told Haaretz that over 100 settlers threw stones and confronted Urif's Palestinian residents. The incident started after dozens of settlers from the nearby community of Yitzhar attacked Palestinian homes on the eastern side of the village, Palestinian officials told the Haaretz daily.
The medical sources added that later, settlers attacked Palestinians in Hawara village, also south of Nablus, wounding one person.
The clashes were broken up by Israeli security forces who fired tear gas and rubber-coated bullets at the Palestinians.
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For years, there has been a wave of "price tag" attacks - a euphemism for Jewish nationalist-motivated violences targeting Palestinians and Arab Israelis and their property, as well as Muslim and Christian holy sites.
Footage filmed by an Israeli human rights group shows what it says is a group of masked settlers attacking activists assisting Palestinians in the West Bank. The attackers were said to be youths from a nearby outpost, Baladim.