(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - A Palestinian youth was shot in his abdomen while hundreds of cultivated dunums of land were set on fire during Jewish settlers armed attacks on a number of villages to the south of Nablus on Saturday.
Ghassan Daghlas, monitoring settlement activity north of the West Bank, said that settlers from Yitzhar settlement armed with machineguns attacked five villages and set fire to vast tracts of cultivated land that destroyed hundreds of olive trees and other crops.
He charged that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) provided protection for the settlers’ attacks.
Eyewitnesses in Orif village said that the Jewish settlers fired at unarmed Palestinian civilians and wounded Najeh Al-Safadi in his abdomen.
They said that violent confrontations were still raging at a late hour on Saturday between the inhabitants and the attacking settlers backed by IOF soldiers.
The witnesses said that a number of Palestinians were treated for breathing difficulty after the IOF soldiers fired gas canisters at the inhabitants.