Ma'an News Agency
July 27, 2010 - 12:00am

Israeli forces entered the northern West Bank village of Beit Furik Monday night, residents reported, and sealed off a military checkpoint at its main entrance.

Witnesses said troops patrolling the village after the checkpoint was closed opened random fire.

An Israeli military spokesman said he was looking into the report.

Beit Furik is located less than five kilometers northeast of Huwwara village and the Israeli military checkpoint at the edge of the area, where settlers set fire to several dunums of olive groves on Monday afternoon.

The checkpoint was sealed twice during the day, and the Israeli military was dispatched to quell the violence as settlers allegedly exacted a "price tag" from Palestinians after the Israeli military demolished a settler house built in an illegal outpost.

The violence continued on into the night, with reports from residents from An-Nabi Salih north of Ramallah saying settlers from the Hallamish settlement entered the town and perpetrated several acts of violence and vandalism, including breaking windows of homes and cars.


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