Mohammad Amireh, a local anti-settlement activist, said that Palestinians performed Friday prayers in their olive groves, south of the village, expressing their condemnation of the killing of a Palestinian farmer by Israeli Jewish settlers in Nablus-district village of Qusra.
The IDF, who * a href="https://newswire.storyful.com/storylines/*/stories/188588?referred_from=World%20News&channel_id=2&context=channel&referrer_type=Channel&referrer_id=2" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" *deployed to the area to protect the group of 15 settlers, claimed an armed Israeli civilian among the settlers fired in self-defense.
Police opened an investigation into the incident.
A United Nations agency that monitors incidents said earlier this year that an increase in settler violence had occurred alongside a major rise in Palestinian attacks against Israelis, the vast majority of which involved stone-throwing at vehicles.
In October, a seven-year-old Palestinian girl was hospitalised after settlers threw stones at her family's vehicle in the occupied city. Then, a group of Palestinians gathered around them, blocking them inside a cave and beating them.
A day after two Israeli settlers shot and killed a Palestinian who attacked a group of teens during a hiking trip, the Israel Police on Friday questioned them under caution for suspected negligent homicide.
Israeli settlers and Palestinians clash in the northern West Bank
Following the clash, the Israeli group entered into a cave until Israeli security forces arrived to escort them out and provide medical treatment for the wounded.
Daghlas said the settlers ordered him to move and when he refused, one of them shot him in the chest. "Our lives were in danger, as [the Palestinians] threw rocks and boulders at us", he said.
Palestinian reports said Odeh was working in his field when the hikers arrived.
"A disturbance broke out. involving dozens of Palestinians, during which one of the hikers shot at the rioters in self-defence", the Jerusalem Post quoted a statement as saying.
According to Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, Israeli soldiers took Odeh's body into custody as it was being taken to a hospital in the city of Nablus.