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Arabs Clash with Jews in Binyamin Region

Arabs attacked Jews at Esh Kodesh, and IDF intervened. Seven Arabs, 10 Jews reported hurt.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 2/23/2013, 8:29 PM

Border Police at Aish Kodesh
Border Police at Aish Kodesh
Israel news photo courtesy of Tazpit

Violent clashes took place Saturday between Arabs from the village of Kusra and Jews at the community of Esh Kodesh in the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem. The IDF intervened.

According to the Bethlehem-based Maan news agency, one young Arab man was badly hurt after being shot in the stomach, and another youth was shot in the leg.

The Arabs say the Jewish civilians uprooted their olive trees, and fired at them.

The IDF was called into the fray after Arabs attacked Jews with rocks. Seven Arabs were reportedly hurt from rubber coated bullets fired by the soldiers, and inhaled tear gas.

Jewish residents reported ten Jews were slightly hurt. No one was reported hurt among the security forces.

According to the Tatzpit agency, the confrontation began when Arabs entered the community's vineyards and began destroying the fences that protect them.

The IDF said that the confrontations were between about 200 Arabs and 25 Jews, and that both sides threw rocks at each other.