Last updated: 23 February, 2013

Palestinians hurt in West Bank clashes with settlers

Three Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Jews from a wildcat settlement near a village in the occupied West Bank on Saturday, witnesses and Palestinian security sources said.

Settlers from Esh Kodesh clashed with Palestinians from Qusra village, south of Nablus, throwing rocks at them and destroying their olive trees, according to witnesses and Palestinian security sources.

One Palestinian was hit by a live round fired by the settlers, and the two others by rubber bullets shot by Israeli security forces who arrived on the scene, they said.

A military spokeswoman said the clashes had broken out “between around 200 Palestinians and 25 Israelis from the West Bank who were throwing stones.”

“Security forces who arrived at the scene used anti-riot equipment to disperse them,” the spokeswoman told AFP, without elaborating.

Military sources confirmed that settlers used live rounds but said only two Palestinians were wounded in the clashes.

Confrontations have multiplied this year between Esh Kodesh settlers and Palestinians living nearby.