Five Israeli settlers ambushed and beat up an elderly Palestinian woman on Saturday in the northern West Bank town of Nablus in an apparently racist attack, local officials said.
Witnesses said the five men came from the nearby Berakha Jewish settlement and that they beat the 71-year-old woman with their fists and stones.
The witnesses added that one of the settlers had been holding a knife to the woman's neck, but dropped it when the group was interrupted by a passing car.
The attackers fled the scene and residents of the area took the injured woman to the hospital.
Nablus governor Mahmoud al-Alul said the incident was "proof" that the presence of Jewish settlers in the West Bank made peace with Israel impossible.
"This is a dangerous crime and it confirms that there can never be peace in the region while there are settlers," Alul told reporters.
About 180,000 Israelis live in 150 settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Another 180,000 live in east Jerusalem, which Israel occupied from Jordan in 1967 -- NABLUS, West Bank (AFP).
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