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Palestinian villagers says West Bank settler rampage forces school lockdown

  • A Palestinian tries to put out the fire in an olive grove in the West Bank village of Jaloud, near Nablus, Wednesday, Oct . 9, 2013. Residents of the village said that masked Jewish settlers burst into a school, vandalized cars and torched olive trees during a rampage that forced schoolchildren to remain locked in classrooms to keep safe. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

    A Palestinian tries to put out the fire in an olive grove in the West Bank village of Jaloud, near Nablus, Wednesday, Oct . 9, 2013. Residents of the village said that masked Jewish settlers burst into a school, vandalized cars and torched olive trees during a rampage that forced schoolchildren to remain locked in classrooms to keep safe. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Israeli policeman walks by a damaged car inside a schoolyard in the West Bank village of Jaloud, near Nablus, Wednesday, Oct .9, 2013. Residents of the village said that masked Jewish settlers burst into the school, vandalized cars and torched olive trees during a rampage that forced schoolchildren to remain locked in classrooms to keep safe. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

    An Israeli policeman walks by a damaged car inside a schoolyard in the West Bank village of Jaloud, near Nablus, Wednesday, Oct .9, 2013. Residents of the village said that masked Jewish settlers burst into the school, vandalized cars and torched olive trees during a rampage that forced schoolchildren to remain locked in classrooms to keep safe. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)  (The Associated Press)

Residents of a Palestinian village in the West Bank say masked Jewish settlers burst into a school, vandalized cars and torched olive trees during a rampage that forced schoolchildren to remain locked in classrooms to keep safe.

Fawzi Ali, a teacher at the school in Jaloud, says the settlers entered on Wednesday and began throwing stones. He says teachers locked classroom doors to protect the school's 175 students as the doors were pelted.

The settlers smashed the windshields of several cars outside, and then lit a fire that burned through a nearby olive grove.

Jaloud is located next to a hardline Jewish settlement outpost whose residents have clashed with local Palestinians in the past.

The Israeli military said it was investigating the incident.