'Settler held knife to soldier's neck during W. Bank clashes'By YAAKOV LAPPIN AND JPOST.COM STAFF
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In the latest of a series of violent incidents in the West Bank Thursday, a settler pulled out a knife and held it to a soldier's neck during violent clashes in the Gilad Farm illegal outpost, the IDF said.
A previous clash between security forces and settlers at Yitzhar.
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The army said that the setter then grabbed the soldier's helmet and ran away. The soldier was unharmed.
The settlers denied a knife was held up to the soldier and said that although the soldier's helmet was taken, it was later returned to him.
In addition, police received a report of 10 Gilad Farm olive trees belonging to Palestinians being torched. Security forces dispatched to the scene reported seeing a group of masked men fleeing the area.
A chain reaction of disturbances and riots was set off by the evacuation of a bus being used by settlers in the unauthorized outpost of Adey-Ad, in Samaria. At one point, a soldier's gun was snatched by a settler who used it to fire in the air, Judea and Samaria police said.
On Thursday morning, security forces arrived at Adey-Ad to evacuate the bus. The clearance operation passed off without incident, said Danny Poleg, spokesman for Judea and Samaria Police.
Afterwards, however, police said they suspect settlers from Yitzhar who had manned the bus either split up into a number of groups or moved as one group from one location to another, sparking a series of disturbances wherever they went.
Around 20 settlers arrived at Shiloh junction and began burning tires and causing a disturbance. The settlers fled the scene after police forces arrived. Officers launched a search in the area.
At Yitzhar junction, the settlers also threw rocks, damaging a car driven by an Israeli.
Police received complaints of stones being thrown inside the nearby Palestinian village of Burin. Security forces carried out a sweep of the area there too, but did not report making any arrests.
Later, an Israeli driver pulled over his vehicle near an IDF jeep after being targeted by Palestinian stone throwers.
The driver reportedly got out of his car, and snatched a gun from a soldier standing nearby, firing a number of rounds in the air in order to deter the stone throwers. A second Israeli driver also fired in the air with his personal firearm. There were no casualties or damage to property reported during that incident and the two drivers were detained by police for questioning. Later they were released when police accepted that they acted out of self defense.