Jewish settlers attack Palestinians in Nablus as Israeli violence escalates

AP , Ahram Online , Thursday 20 Oct 2022

Israeli settlers stormed on Wednesday evening Huwara, a Palestinian town in the north of the occupied West Bank near the city of Nablus, throwing stones at Palestinian cars and also pepper-spraying Israeli army soldiers who got in the way.

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File Photo: Israeli soldiers stand by as Israeli settlers throw stones at Palestinians during clashes in the town of Huwara in the West Bank on October 13, 2022. AFP


The latest Israeli settlers' rampage comes as the Israeli army continues to lay siege to the city of Nablus city for a 10th straight day in what has been described by the Palestinian presidency on Wednesday as a “comprehensive war declaration against the Palestinian people and leadership.”

Also on Thursday, Palestinian health officials said a 16-year-old Palestinian was killed after being wounded in clashes with Israeli troops late last month.

Meanwhile, the Fatah movement and national Palestinian forces called for a general strike today throughout the West Bank including occupied East Jerusalem to protest Israeli violence.

They called on residents to raise black flags over institutions and homes "to mourn the soul of Uday Al-Tamimi and condemn the ongoing crimes of the occupation against our people."  according to the Palestinian news agency (WAFA).

Al-Tamimi, 23, a resident of the Shuafat refugee camp, was killed in a fire exchange with Israeli forces at the entrance of an illegal Jewish settlement in Jerusalem after allegedly shooting dead an Israeli soldier on 8 October.

Protests erupted on Wednesday night across the West Bank after Al-Tamimi’s death.

Earlier today, Egypt called on Israel to stop assaults on the Palestinians in the West Bank.

“Egypt calls for the immediate cessation of the vicious circle of ongoing violence, assaults, and provocations and the provision of security to civilians whose lives and resources are jeopardised day after day.”

On Wednesday, the Arab League condemned "the systematic Israeli aggressions against Palestinians in the West Bank," warning that such escalation could trigger a violent backlash and destabilise the region and the world.

Some 500,000 Jewish settlers now live in the West Bank in some 130 settlements, which are illegal under international law.

More than 120 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli army in the West Bank and East Jerusalem this year, making 2022 the deadliest year in terms of Palestinian loss of life since 2015.

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