At around 11am this morning, fifteen settlers from the nearby Jewish-only settlements of Esh Kodesh and Shilo attacked several houses on the outskirts of Qusra, southeast of Nablus.
Confrontations between Palestinian residents and, settlers and Israeli forces ensued. Israeli army and border police fired large quantities of tears gas canisters and rubber coated steel bullets at Palestinians. Around twenty-eight people suffered from tear gas suffocation and rubber coated steel bullets related injuries. Osama Rami Hassan, a sixteen year-old boy, was shot with a rubber coated steel bullet near the left eye. He is currently stable, recovering from the injury at Rafidia Hospital in Nablus. Helmi Abdul Azeez Hassan (26) was shot by a settler with live ammunition in the upper left abdomen. He is also hospitalised at Rafidia hospital, waiting to be transfered to an Israeli hospital where he can undergo surgery. Another resident was also shot with live ammuntion in the leg but is already recovering from the injury at home.
The village of Qusra has witnessed continuous settler attacks and army violence for the past few years. In recent days, clashes between Palestinian residents and Israeli forces and settlers have intensified as last Thursday Israel forces demolished an electricity pole and the following day settlers burnt six cars from the village.
Samira Gutoc is the founder and managing editor of Atlas and Co. She is also a content writer, blogger, poet, photographer and an editorial associate.