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Palestinian hospitalised after Israeli settlers attack his car with stones

Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967 [Getty]

Date of publication: 9 August, 2020

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A Palestinian was taken to hospital after Israeli settlers threw stones at his car.
A Palestinian man was injured on Sunday morning after Israeli settlers threw stones at his car while he was driving in the occupied West Bank.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement and settlers' activities in the north of the West Bank, told WAFA that settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Yitzhar attacked Palestinian vehicles with rocks.

At least one driver, who was travelling on the Nablus-Qalqilia road, near the village of Burin, was injured.

He was taken to the nearby Darwish Nazzal hospital, where medics described his injury as "moderate".

Israeli settler violence is the norm in the occupied West Bank and occupying Israeli authorities very rarely punish their behaviour, allowing for settlers to inflict violence on Palestinians except in very rare cases.

Israel has occupied the West Bank illegally since 1967, and commits various abuses against Palestinian civilians, human rights groups say.

More than 600,000 Israeli Jews live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in constructions considered illegal under international law.

The Oslo agreement of 1995 divided the occupied West Bank into three: Area A, Area B and Area C.

Area A is under the administrative and security control of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Area B's administration is controlled by the Palestinian Authority, with Israel controlling security. Area C is under full administrative and security control of Israel.

Israel's plans to annex the West Bank have been denounced as an illegal violation of international law by world leaders as well as UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet.

Israel was originally supposed to begin annexing the occupied West Bank on 1 July, but the plan had been delayed - allegedly because the map to annex the territories was not ready on time.

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