W. Bank settlers accused of vandalising Palestinian cars

Israeli settlers on Thursday torched six cars in the northern West Bank village of Qusra, Palestinian security sources alleged.

They told AFP that attackers set fire to the vehicles in the early hours and residents of the village, near the city of Nablus, saw them driving to the nearby settlement outpost of Esh Kodesh.

Israeli police told AFP that they had received a report on the incident from troops in the area but had so far been unable to reach the scene.

"Police received a report from the army that six vehicles were damaged and graffiti was scrawled in Qusra village, south of Nablus, but police and army who were on their way were met with stone-throwing and public disorder so the forces were unable to reach the place," police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.

The village and the outpost are in dispute over farmland between the village and the outpost which is claimed by both.

Villagers last month accused the settlers of damaging around 200 olive trees following clashes between Qusra and Esh Kodesh residents, during which Palestinians threw stones at the settlers who according to Palestinian officials responded with gunfire and wounded an 18-year-old.