Israeli settlers assault Palestinian villagers in overnight attack

Israeli settlers assault Palestinian villagers in overnight attack
1 min read
24 March, 2020
Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians in the occupied city of Nablus.
Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967 [Getty]
Israeli settlers attacked several homes in the Palestinian village of Madama, to the south of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, local sources said.

Settlers from the illegal settlement of Yitzhar attacked homes in the southern section of the village, according to Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank.

Palestinians confronted the settlers and kicked them out of their village in the overnight attack, he said.

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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.

Israeli forces and settlers routinely harass Palestinians in the occupied territories through harming and killing civilians, demolishing homes, poisoning livestock, vandalising property and other forms of violence. 

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