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Report: Palestinian territories

Settlers clash with Israeli soldiers

Reuters/Baz Ratner

A group of settlers from the Yitzhar settlement close to the West Bank town of Nablus clashed with Israeli Defence Force (IDF) soldiers Thursday morning as they attempted to expand the settlement.


Settlers threw stones at soldiers while rolling burning tyres into the road, according to the IDF, following the demolition of two structures deemed an illegal extension to the Yitzhar settlement.

One member of the IDF quit over the clash after being called to the scene, telling his commanding officer that he refused to take part in actions against other Jews.

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The soldiers had come to the area, close to the West Bank town of Nablus, to prevent the settlers from expanding the newly-built Hasruga outpost close to Yitzhar.

The settlement is seen as being at the forefront of the violent “price-tag” campaign, which advocates attacks on Palestinians in retaliation for Israeli government intervention in the settlements.

The clash comes at a moment when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seen as courting the support of the far-right settler movement in a bid for reelection.

All West Bank settlements are considered illegal under international law, as specified in the Fourth Geneva Convention.

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