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Jewish settlers attack Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood

Palestinian and Jewish peace activists stage a protest against the court's ruling in favor of the Jewish settlers in front of the Israel Central Court in Jerusalem on 9 February 2021. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian and Jewish peace activists stage a protest against the court's ruling in favor of the Jewish settlers in front of the Israel Central Court in Jerusalem on 9 February 2021. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]

A group of extremist Israeli Jewish settlers attacked Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood on Sunday night, eyewitnesses have told Wafa news agency. According to local resident Amin Burqan, the settlers' attack coincided with a raid by occupation security forces at Al-Sumoud refugee camp.

Burqan said that Palestinian homes were attacked with stones, vehicles were vandalised and live bullets were fired at them. The attack took place amid tension in Jerusalem with settlers organising violent and provocative rallies in the city's neighbourhoods.

Settlers were heard changing "Death to Arabs" as they attacked local homes. While Palestinian minors were detained by occupation forces after the children had come under settler attack while they were in their homes.

Israeli forces also raided the Shuafat camp, firing rubber-coated steel bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters at the camp's residents.

Meanwhile, Palestinian residents in the village of Burin near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, fended off an attack by Israeli settlers against the village on Sunday evening. Local sources told Wafa that the Israeli Jewish settlers from a nearby illegal settlement went to the outskirts of the village of Burin and threw Molotov cocktails at Palestinian homes.

Settlers' violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the occupied West Bank. Many Israeli rights groups and NGOs have proved that such racist anti-Palestinian attacks are supported by the Israeli government.

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