[News] Armed Israeli settlers raid Palestinian village, throw rocks at locals

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  Armed Israeli settlers raid Palestinian village, throw rocks at locals

Nov. 30, 2017 - http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=779547
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- At least eight Palestinians were injured on Thursday 
after Israeli settlers threw rocks at them near the village of Asira 
al-Qibliya, south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank.

Hafeth Saleh, head of the village council in Asira al-Qibliya, told 
Ma’an that more than 50 armed Israeli settlers from the nearby illegal 
Yitzhar settlement attacked the eastern area of the village, throwing 
rocks at villagers and opening fire in the air before clashes erupted 
between Palestinians and the settlers.

Saleh added that Israeli forces immediately intervened and fired tear 
gas and stun grenades at villagers, causing several of them to suffer 
from severe tear-gas inhalation.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’n they were looking into reports.

The incident took place shortly after Israeli settlers shot and killed a 
Palestinian farmer <http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=779546> in 
the nearby village of Qusra as he was farming on his land.

An upwards of some 600,000 Israeli settlers reside in occupied 
Palestinian territory in violation of international law. The 
international community has repeatedly called their presence and rising 
population the main impediment to potential peace in the region.

Palestinian activists and rights groups have long accused Israel of 
fostering a “culture of impunity” 
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=771095>for Israeli settlers and 
soldiers committing violent acts against Palestinians.

While the hundreds of thousands of Israeli settlers are permitted to 
carry guns, and are rarely held accountable for stone throwing or 
similar attacks, Palestinians face up to 20 years in prison for throwing 
stones where intent to harm could be proven, and 10 years where it could 
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