Jewish settlers beat, detained  by Palestinians  in West Bank
Jewish settlers beat, detained by Palestinians in West Bank

Palestinians beat and detained several Israeli settlers who had entered a village near the West Bank city of Nablus Tuesday before releasing them.

Palestinian security sources told AFP locals had apprehended the settlers, some of whom were masked, after earlier clashes between the sides near Qusra village.

Israeli soldiers, alerted to the incident by the Palestinians, negotiated the release of over ten settlers from a house in the village where they were being held, an AFP correspondent said.

The Israeli army said it had "vacated" 11 Israelis from a building in Jalud, a village adjacent to Qusra, "with light-moderate injuries, following a confrontation which erupted earlier today between them and Palestinians".

Israeli army said in a statement "during the confrontation mutual rock-hurling took place, injuring some of the Israelis", adding "initial inquiry suggests the confrontation erupted following a law enforcement activity which took place earlier today in Esh Kodesh".

A group of settlers then entered Qusra to provoke a clash.

Palestinian property is often targeted by Jewish extremists who carry out "price tag" attacks, usually for state moves against unauthorised settlement activity in the West Bank. Perpetrators of the phenomenon also target Muslim and Christian sites, as well as Arab property in Israel. However, an Israeli wounded in the event told army radio Palestinians had attacked a group of settlers who were hiking in the area and had not provoked an attack.

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