Outbreak of settler attacks in the West Bank


[ 19/09/2011 – 06:05 PM ]

NABLUS, (PIC)– Ammunition was fired at houses and a local in Jama’in, south of Nablus, was hit by a car in an outbreak of attacks on Monday after Israeli occupation authorities urged Jewish settlers in the West Bank to gear up for clashes with Palestinians.

No injuries were reported after Jewish settlers fired rounds at the home of Saeed al-Najjar, a local in Burin, south of Nablus, said Ghassan Daghlas, an official tasked with monitoring settlement activity in the West Bank.

Daghlas added that a large group of Jewish settlers tried to enter Awarta village, also south of Nablus, but were repelled by locals.

At noon Monday, settlers under protection of Israeli military forces set up two prefabricated homes with caravans at the site of dismantled settlement Homesh on the outskirts of Burqa, north of Nablus.

Palestinians in nearby villages harbor fears that the move served as a precursor of plans to restore the settlement after its evacuation in 2005.

Elsewhere, settlers from Rafafa used electric saws to cut down some 500 olive and fig trees near Dayr Istiya in western Salfit governorate.

In a separate incident, a resident of Jama’in, north of Salfit, was run down by a Jewish motorist on a bypass road near Jama’in village.

Witnesses said the collision was premeditated, adding that the assailant fled the scene.

Medics in Yasser Arafat hospital in Salfit said the victim Ahmed Abdul-Fattah Hajj Ali sustained serious injuries in the collision but described his condition as stable.

There has been a burst of settler attacks in the West Bank after the Israeli armed forces allowed settlers to arm themselves and brace for clashes with Palestinians.


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