Injuries in an attack by Israeli settlers in Qalqilia

Four Palestinians sustained injuries tonight, two of them seriously, in an attack by extremist Israeli settlers near the village of Kafr Thulth, in the occupied West Bank province of Qalqilia, according to local sources.

A group of settlers from the colonial Israeli settlement of Karnie Shomron attacked the Palestinian Bedouin community of Arab Al-Kholi and pelted stones at its residents, injuring four local Palestinians, two of them seriously. The settlers also set a stall on fire in the community.

The Ministry of Health said the four Palestinians wounded were admitted to the Qalqilia Public Hospital as a result of the attack. It said two of the four were in critical condition as a result of suffering fractures in the skull and face.

Meantime in Ramallah, a Palestinian young man was injured while confronting an army-backed attack by Israeli settlers on the village of Kobar, according to the village mayor, Shawkat Barghouti.

Barghouti said the young man sustained a light injury in his mouth after being hit with a stone by the attacking Israeli settlers.

He added that a group of nearly 100 Israeli settlers took part in the attack, which took place on the outskirts of the village.

Violence and acts of vandalism by Israeli settlers are commonplace across the occupied West Bank, and are rarely prosecuted by the occupation authorities.

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