HEBRON, Friday, July 22, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers Thursday evening attacked Palestinian houses in the Hebron city neighborhood of Tal Rumeida, according to WAFA correspondent.
He said that dozens of settlers, under military protection, forcibly entered several houses in the southern West Bank neighborhood, shouted profanities and racist slogans at the inhabitants, and threatened to kill them and seize their property.
One of the homeowners, Riyad Abu Hazza‘, said that the settler brutally assaulted his son inside the house.
The assailants came from the nearby illegal colonial settlement of Ramat Yishai.
Witnesses added that a large number of settlers from the colonial settlement of Kiryat Arba‘ made their way into the neighborhood, raising concerns among Palestinians of large-scale settler attacks.
Israeli soldiers who were accompanying the settlers in the attack reportedly did nothing to stop it, and rather provided the settlers with protection.
In February, settlers from the same notorious colonial settlement attempted to torch a house in Tal Rumeida, also written as Tal al-Ramida.
The Palestinian neighborhood is located in the Israeli-controlled area of the old town, known as H2, where several hundred extremist Jewish settlers are based. Israel heavily restricts movement and activity of Palestinians in H2 area while allowing the settlers free movement and access.
The city of Hebron, which houses the Ibrahimi Mosque, is home to roughly 160,000 Palestinian Muslims and about 800 notoriously aggressive Israeli settlers who live in compounds heavily guarded by Israeli troops.
Israel has expelled the only international monitors protecting Hebron’s Palestinians from 800 heavily guarded settlers, one of whom committed the 1994 massacre that triggered their deployment.