Israel has agreed this week to the construction of about 1,000 new settlements in the West Bank
Israel Police opened an investigation into two Palestinians who were injured after Israeli settlers attacked them at a checkpoint in the West Bank district of Nablus in the early morning of Thursday.
The two men would drive to their village when they were stopped by dozens of Israeli settlers, heavily armed, according to the Palestinians, their relative said. Ma & # 39; an News Agency.
The settlers were said to be "brutally" beating the two men with guns and sticks, causing serious injuries in addition to crushing and destroying parts of the vehicle before they ran away.
The Palestinian men were immediately taken to the hospital, where one of them was treated for fractures, bruises and an open cut on the side of his head while the other had different bruises all over his body.
"Two Palestinians were allegedly injured and received medical care after the incident occurred in the early hours of the morning," said the Israeli police international spokesman on Thursday.
"Police units continue the investigation into the incident," which he said was taking place near the Palestinian village of Kalil.
Right Israeli daily Jerusalem Post reported that the Israeli organization Rabbis for Human Rights saw an increase in attacks on Palestinians after last week's accident by a Palestinian driver who killed an Israeli settler.
Israel has agreed this week to the construction of about 1,000 new settlements in the West Bank, which both condemned the European Union and the British Parliament on Thursday.
Palestinians, who want to establish an independent state in the West Bank, say that the growth of Israeli settlements hampers the prospect of a viable state.