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Israeli settlers attack Palestinian vehicles in Nablus, Bethlehem districts

RAMALLAH, Wednesday, December 30, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers Tuesday night attacked Palestinian vehicles in the occupied West Bank districts of Nablus and Bethlehem, according to local sources.

In Nablus district, armed Israeli settlers closed off the main street in the village of Huwwara, south of Nablus, and threw rocks at vehicles.

Another group of settlers targeted Palestinian vehicles to the north and west of Nablus city.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told WAFA that settlers hurled rocks at Palestinian vehicles travelling between Nablus and Tulkarem cities to the west of Deir Sharaf village, west of Nablus, damaging some of them.

He confirmed similar stone-throwing attacks against Palestinian vehicles near al-Naqoura village, north of Nablus, causing damages to some of them.

No human casualties were reported, whatsoever.

Meanwhile, local sources said that Israeli forces provided protection for Israeli settlers as they gathered near the junction of the Gush Etzion settlement bloc as well as the village of al-Fardis, south and east of Bethlehem.

Settlers held the Israeli flags and slogans as well.

The Israeli occupation authorities have constructed a complex network of settler-only bypass roads that stretch hundreds of kilometers from the north to the south of the West Bank, seizing large tracts of land in order to link Israeli colonial settlements with each other, impeding Palestinian territorial continuity, and enabling further Israeli control over Palestinian territory.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

Settlers‘ violence includes property and mosque arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.

There are over 700,000 Israeli settlers living in colonial settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in violation of international law.

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