Israeli soldiers and settlers attacked on Wednesday dozens of residents of al-Lubban al-Sharqiyya, north west of Ramallah, and fired rounds of live ammunition; nine residents were injured.

A local source in the village reported that the soldiers and settlers were digging some archaeological sites in the north of the village after closing the area.


Maher Salama, a resident and a reporter from the village, reported that dozens of residents attempted to defend the sites and clashed with the soldiers. Troops fired rounds of live ammunition and rubber-coated bullets; nine residents were injured and transferred to the Ramallah governmental hospital.

The injured residents were identified as Bajes Salah, 40, Monther Mousa, 35, Salem abul-Raheem, Waleed Abu Salem, 42, Hani Salama, 38, Mohammad Mazin Salama, 16, Ahmad Zaki, 15, Hilal abul-Hafeeth, 14, and Firas Saif, 24 years old. 

Soldiers and settlers retreated from the area, while clashes were reported on the entrance of the village.