Settlers smash Palestinians’ cars near Nablus

Apr 24, 2011

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Dozens of settlers smashed Palestinians’ cars around Nablus on Sunday hours after the shooting death of an Israeli in the city.

Settlers threw rocks and smashed several cars on Huwarra Road near Beit Furik and at Madama junction, south of Nablus, a Ma’an correspondent reported.

Clashes erupted between Palestinians and settlers near Madama junction, locals said, but no injuries were reported.

Earlier Sunday, a group of settlers tried to enter Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus without prior coordination with Israeli or Palestinian security.

One man was killed and four wounded when they came under fire as they left the shrine.

Palestinian security officials said officers told the settlers they were not authorized to be there without coordination but the group responded by pointing their guns toward Palestinian police.

Security forces first fired warning shots into the air, according to Palestinian officials.

The Israeli military said Palestinian officials notified Israeli coordinators that a Palestinian policeman shot in the group’s direction “after identifying suspicious movements.”

Palestinian Authority security spokesman Adnan Dmeiri told Ma’an a committee had been formed to investigate the incident.



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