Settlers, army boost West Bank attacks three days after Itamar killings

14/03/2011 – 10:07 AM


RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Palestinians in the West Bank face more and more attacks as the third day passes since the killing of five Jews illegally settled in Itamar settlement near Nablus.

Armed Jewish settlers from Tafuh have vandalized homes in Yasouf village east of Salfit, smashing the windows of Mohammed Rizq Hussein, villagers report.

After clashes locals managed to push the assailants out of the village.

Other settlers infiltrated the village of Gensafot in Qalqalya governorate and set fire to two vehicles.

The attackers were spotted getting out of a Toyota car and setting a tractor and another vehicle ablaze before leaving the village.

Awarta village mayor Qais Awad said a curfew imposed by Israeli occupation forces three days ago after the Itamar incident has caused a shortage of food in the village, including bread and milk. He added the village has also since then run out of electric meters.

The Israeli army was deployed across the village and seized several rooftops overlooking Itamar, Awad reported. He also said that soldiers were systematically searching homes, where they kept women and children in a room and cuffed and blindfolded all males over 15 years and turned homes upside down.

The army has also mixed up papers and medicines in the village clinic and municipal building, Awad said.

He said he tried to open the clinic for them, but they threatened to open fire at him

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