8 Palestinians wounded in clash with Israeli army

8 Palestinians wounded in clash with Israeli army
# 07 March 2011 23:35 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. Israeli soldiers intervening in a clash between West Bank residents and Jewish settlers opened fire Monday, wounding eight, Palestinians said, APA reports quoting “Associated Press”.
A Palestinian witness said villagers were tending to trees damaged by settlers when settlers attacked them, setting off a rock-throwing clash. The witness, Ibrahim Wadi, 50, said soldiers arrived and fired at them, wounding several.
Palestinian hospital officials said one of the eight was seriously wounded. Most suffered leg wounds.
Israeli media said Palestinians armed with knives approached a settlement outpost near the West Bank city of Nablus, setting off the confrontation.
The Israeli military said that during a clash, Palestinians threw rocks at soldiers, who tried to disperse the gathering and then opened fire at their legs.
Tension runs high between Palestinians, Israeli settlers and the military. About 300,000 Israeli settlers live in more than 100 West Bank enclaves. Palestinians claim the West Bank for part of their future state.
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