A group of Jewish settlers have attacked a high school and its students in the village of Burin near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, Quds Press has reported. The attack resulted in a confrontation between the illegal settlers and local Palestinian citizens.
Palestinian activist Bella Eid told Quds Press that a group of settlers from the Israeli settlement of Yitzhar, built on Palestinian land to the south of Nablus, threw stones at the school and fired shots in the direction of students. No injuries were reported. Soldiers from the Israeli army then tried to arrest a number of students, claiming that they had attacked the settlers and thrown stones at settlers' cars using the bypass around the village.
According to Eid, extremists from Yitzhar attack the village and its residents frequently, and have carried out a series of attacks on Palestinian-owned property and farmland.
Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are considered illegal under international law, and have been criticised widely by the international community, most notably in a UN Security Council resolution issued in December last year. "Israel's establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace and security, within internationally recognized borders," says Resolution 2334.