Israel arrests 3 Palestinians, prepares to demolish homes

AFP , AP , Wednesday 21 Jun 2023

Israeli forces arrested three Palestinians Wednesday in Orif village, north West Bank, which the occupation army said was home to attackers who killed four Israelis near a settlement in the occupied West Bank.

People stand near burnt cars, reportedly set ablaze by Israeli settlers, at a gas station in Al-Lubban Al-Gharbi in the occupied West Bank on June 21, 2023. AFP


The Israeli army said that its forces had entered Orif to "map the homes" of the shooters, a precursor to their demolition.

Two Palestinian attackers opened fire at a restaurant and gas station near an Israeli settlement in the West Bank on Tuesday, killing four Israelis and wounding several other people before they were shot dead, in response to Israeli military raid in the occupied territory that killed seven Palestinians, including a girl and a 15-year-old boy, and wounded over 90 others. 

Israeli settlers carried out attacks across the northern West Bank, raising fears of a repeat of a rampage last February that resulted in damage to dozens of Palestinian homes and vehicles and the killing of a Palestinian man.

Carloads of Israeli settlers drove to the northern Palestinian towns of Hawara, Beit Furik, Burin and surrounding villages, setting dozens of cars on fire, hurling stones and trying to set homes ablaze, said Nablus official Ghassan Daghlas. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries.

Tuesday’s violence underscored the fragility of the situation in the West Bank, where on Monday an Israeli military raid into the northern Jenin refugee camp ignited some of the fiercest Israeli-Palestinian fighting in years, killing six Palestinians and wounding scores more. Palestinian militants, in response, targeted Israeli military vehicles with powerful roadside bombs and Israeli forces deployed helicopter gunships to evacuate stranded troops.

A surge in violence in recent months has killed at least 130 Palestinians and 24 people on the Israeli side so far this year, according to a tally by The Associated Press, prompting many on either side of the conflict to fear a possible greater conflagration.



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