Israeli settlers continue attacking Palestinian villages

Ahram Online , Tuesday 7 Mar 2023

Israeli settlers stormed a Palestinian village Tuesday near the city of Salfit in the northern West Bank attacking Palestinian civilians as they took the escalating West Bank violence to new heights.

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Settlers, under army protection, go on a rampage in the village of Hawara near Nablus district. AFP


The village of Kufl Haris witnessed early morning around 100 settlers who broke into the village and performed religious rituals while chanting anti-Palestinian slogans, local sources told the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

According to WAFA, the settlers were protected by Israeli forces.

In a separate incident, in the northern West Bank village of Urif, Israeli settlers from the illegal Yitzhar settlement assaulted an elderly Palestinian farmer, while working on his land and was quickly arrested by Israeli soldiers, WAFA reported.  

Similarly, the northern West Bank village of Hawara located near Nablus, witnessed renewed aggression last night by Israeli settlers who violently attacked residents, shopkeepers and commuters on the main road.

A Palestinian family traveling on the road was hurt when settlers began hurling stones at their vehicle, injuring the passengers.

A settler fired live fire at another resident passing on the road causing damage to the car without anyone being hurt.

Residents came out to confront the settlers but were attacked by soldiers who joined the settlers in dancing in the town streets. Several people suffocated from inhaling gas fired by the soldiers.

Hawara was the scene last week of a pogrom by settlers who set dozens of Palestinian homes and vehicles ablaze, killed one person and injured over 350 others.

Last week, a violent attack on Huwara garnered international condemnation after hundreds of Israeli settlers set homes, cars ablaze and hurled stones at Palestinian residents, while a Palestinian man was killed in the nearby village of Zaatara.

More than 350 Palestinians were injured during the Huwara attack, most suffering from tear gas inhalation, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society said.

UN human rights chief Volker Turk warned the Human Rights Council (HRC) Friday that the "increasing violence is condemning innocent people on all sides to further tragedy," calling on both sides to adhere to a commitment to de-escalation reached following talks last week in Jordan.

"In the near future, there must be an end to settlements in occupied land. And within a foreseeable horizon, there must be a two-state solution," Turk insisted.

"For this violence to end, the occupation must end. On all sides, there are people who know this."

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