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Israel settlers renew attacks on Palestinians in West Bank

Israeli forces and Jewish settlers storm through Jerusalem as Palestinian protest on 15 May 2021 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli settlers and Israeli forces storm through Jerusalem as Palestinians protest on 15 May 2021 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli settlers yesterday renewed their attacks on citizens and their properties in several governorates of the occupied West Bank, during which they desecrated the Bab Al-Rahma cemetery, assaulted a doctor and two citizens, shot live ammunition at several houses, attacked a number of vehicles, and burned agricultural lands under the protection of occupation soldiers.

Dozens of settlers stormed the Bab Al-Rahma cemetery, adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and Al-Ghazali Square near Bab Al-Asbat, and performed Talmudic rituals. This came after they were unsuccessful in their attempt to enter the mosque grounds for the second day in a row.

In the village of Zubeidat, north of Jericho, settlers attacked two citizens; Dr Suleiman Salman and Moamen Hussein Zubeidat leaving them with bruises, local sources said.

The sources added that the settlers were protected by the occupation police, who stopped a number of passing vehicles to check the identification documents of their occupants.

In the city of Hebron, settlers opened fire and attacked Palestinian homes at dawn yesterday.

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Local sources stated that a large number of armed settlers, protected by the occupation soldiers, attacked and fired bullets towards the homes of citizens on Al-Shalala Street, including the Sidr family home. No injuries were reported.

Settlers also attacked the outskirts of Einabus village, south of Nablus, on Monday evening. Ghassan Douglas, the official in charge of the settlement file in the northern West Bank, said: "A group of Yitzhar settlers attacked the outskirts of the village from the north-western side, and burned farms while firing live ammunition, under the protection of the occupation army."

Douglas confirmed that settlers from Har Brakha settlement set fire to the eastern side of the town of Iraq Burin, south of Nablus, which led to dozens of trees burning.

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