RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinians say dozens of Israeli settlers set Palestinian-owned fields on fire in an attack that left a farmer wounded by a gunshot.
The Israeli military says it is investigating Saturday’s attack and shooting near the village of Orif. The village is near the settlement of Yitzhar, one of the most militant in the West Bank. Yitzhar settlers have repeatedly been involved in clashes with Palestinian farmers.
Palestinian witnesses say several dozen settlers approached Orif and set fields on fire. At one point, settlers and Palestinians threw rocks at each other. The villagers say they later found a wounded villager in a field who had been tied, beaten and shot. A hospital doctor, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release the information, says the man was shot in the abdomen.