Israeli settlers kidnapped a Palestinian shepherd on Monday, Palestinian media reports citing Palestinian officials claimed on Monday, adding that the residents of the settlement of Yitzhar also seized some of the man’s flock.

The official WAFA Palestinian news agency cited a Palestinian official in charge of tracking settler activity in the northern West Bank as saying that the Yitzhar residents took Salim Shehadeh, 60, to the settlement near Nablus.

Another report, this time in the independent Palestinians news agency Ma’an, said that Shehadeh, a resident of the Palestinian village of Orif near Nablus, was attacked and then taken by six settlers.

Quoting village council head Fawzi Shehadeh, the report also claimed that the settlers seized 50 of the man’s sheep as they abducted him.

Speaking to Ma’an on Monday, Palestinian Authority official Ghassan Doughlas said that the PA was engaged in “intense negotiations” with Israel to resolve the issue.

There was no confirmation as of yet to the Palestinian reports.

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