Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, shooting in the air and smashing windows, witnesses said.
The Israeli military confirmed there had been an incident in the Asira al Qibliya village in the northern West Bank, but that there were no reports of casualties.
Residents said about 30 people from the Yitzhar settlement, a bastion of hardliners, entered the village, firing guns in the air and hurling rocks at windows.
Israeli troops intervened and fired teargas at young Palestinians who were retaliating by throwing rocks at the settlers.
Such incidents are not uncommon and hardline settlers have adopted a strategy of attacking Palestinian villages or fields whenever they feel a settlement is under threat of evacuation.
Israeli troops fired teargas on the Palestinians? Yes, they’re clearly the threat here, defending their lands against fundamentalist Jews.