The incident occurred this morning near Sinjil, north of Ramallah, when a group of settlers, accompanied by IOF, arrived to an area newly cultivated by local farmers in an effort to reclaim lands taken over by settlers, located in area C. The assailants, presumably from the settlement Giv’at Harel, attacked the farmers, stabbing them with knives and beating them. One farmer, Muhammad Marwah Rafghi was hit in the head with the butt of a gun and is currently in a coma. Another farmer suffers stab wounds. All four injured were taken to a hospital in Ramallah.
Although they invaded to the area (which is cultivated with the funding of international aid), the settlers claim they were “lynched” rather than admit they were the aggressors. They also claim they ‘merely attempted to conduct the morning prayer at the site.’ The settlers are also reporting injuries through no one was taken to a hospital.
Update: The settlers posted a video of the incident, but the footage makes it clear the settlers invaded the village and assaulted the farmers and that the soldiers shot in the direction of the Palestinians who merely tried to defend themselves.