Eight wounded as Israeli forces clash with settlers

April 09, 2014 - 6:38:37 am
Israeli soldiers watch Palestinian farmers as they plant olive trees during a protest against what they say is land confiscation for Jewish settlements in the Jordan Valley, a hotly contested part of the occupied West Bank, yesterday.

JERUSALEM: Clashes between Jewish settlers and Israeli police wounded eight people in the West Bank overnight prompting the defence minister to warn on yesterday that such violence would not be tolerated.

“Police came to help soldiers to demolish five illegal constructions near Yitzhar,” a settlement in the northern West Bank, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.

“After they’d finished, several dozen settlers began throwing stones, injuring six border policemen,” she said. Police responded by using “riot dispersal means,” and two settlers were injured during the clashes, Samri said.

Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon warned that any repetition of the violence against security personnel would be dealt with severely. “We shall not allow them to raise a hand against the army, the border police (or) the police,” Yaalon’s office quoted him as saying. 

“We shall deal with this violent activity with the utmost severity.” Yitzhar has a reputation for being home to hardline activists. 

AFP

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