A man has been killed after settlers tried to set up tents on private Palestinian land near Salfit in the occupied West Bank.
A Palestinian man has died after being stabbed by an Israeli settler in the village of Iscaqa in the occupied central West Bank’s Salfit district, according to the Palestinian Authority’s Health Ministry.
Health officials identified the victim as Ali Hassan Harb, 27, who died on Tuesday from a fatal stab wound to the chest, according to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa.
Local sources said the dispute came after Israeli settlers tried to take over a plot of land in a Palestinian village by pitching tents on private property.
Haab and other residents intervened when an Israeli settler stabbed the young man to death, the health ministry said in a statement.
Israeli police in the West Bank said they had launched an investigation into the killing. They confirmed that a Palestinian man had been stabbed, but claimed it was unclear who carried out the attack.
“Police arrived at the scene and an injured Palestinian man was evacuated with serious injuries, apparently stab wounds,” the Times of Israel reported, citing medics.
“At this stage, the identity of the stabbed person is not known,” police said. No arrests were made immediately.
The man was stabbed by an Israeli settler while on private land with his family, Israeli human rights group Yesh Din said in a statement.
“The settlers arrived at the site and tried to set up their tents. Friction ensued and the settlers left the place. Immediately afterwards, soldiers arrived at the site and the settlers returned,” Yesh Din said in a statement.
The group said violence flared up again after the settlers returned, “during which a settler drew a knife and stabbed the young man to death”.
Israeli settlers reported that about 40 Palestinians in the area had attacked the area with stones and sticks, local authorities said.
The large Israeli settlement of Ariel, south of Nablus, extends close to the site of Isqaka, where the stabbing occurred.
Nearly 500,000 Jewish Israeli settlers live in more than 130 settlements scattered across the occupied West Bank, many of which are fully constructed and now resemble suburbs or small towns. Nearly three million Palestinians live in the West Bank under Israeli military rule.
Yesh Din, who tracks Jewish nationalist violence in the West Bank, says 91% of police investigations Israeli attacks on Palestinians between 2005 and 2019 closed without indictment.
The rise in settler violence against Palestinians and Israeli militants in recent years has often been accompanied by the Israeli military standing by or actively supporting settlers.