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Yesh Din: Masked Israeli settlers stone Palestinian home, light brush fire nearby

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Masked Israeli settlers reportedly attacked a home on the edge of the Palestinian West Bank village of Burin with stones and set fire to a nearby field on Saturday, according to video evidence published by Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din.

Yesh Din reported that the incident during which the violence occurred initially involved some 15 Israeli settlers but that the number grew to 30.

The video published by Yesh Din showed extremist settlers with cloth head coverings that covered their faces.

One settler in jeans could be seen setting fire to grassland, while a brush fire rages behind them on the parched hillside.

Another settler in the video could be seen throwing a stone at the direction of a Palestinian home in Burin village, south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

At one point in the video, an Israeli soldier could be seen standing with the group of settlers but did nothing to stop them.

Palestinians responded by throwing stones and a clash erupted, Yesh Din said.

When the IOF arrived, soldiers threw stun grenades at the Palestinians and did not arrest any of the Israeli settlers, the NGO said.

One Palestinian, in his late twenties, was hit in the head by a stone and was treated at the scene. Others were lightly injured, Yesh Din said.

Yesh Din Executive Director Lior Amihai called on Israeli War Minister Benny Gantz and Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev to take action.

“How long will we endure this violence being carried out in our names?” Amihai asked. “Gantz, Bar-Lev – this is your responsibility.”

Surrounded by three illegal Israeli settlements, Burin has been the scene of frequent confrontations between Palestinian residents and Israeli forces and settlers, who always attack the schools and Palestinian houses in the village.

There are over 700,000 Israeli settlers living in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in violation of international law, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention.

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