Israeli settlers attack Palestinian refugee camp in occupied Jerusalem

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian refugee camp in occupied Jerusalem
2 min read
17 May, 2021
Two Palestinians were injured after Israeli settlers attacked the Shufat refugee camp and the neighbourhood of Beit Hanina.
Palestinians are beng attacked by Israeli settlers [Getty]

Two Palestinians were injured after Israeli settlers carried out attacks on parts of occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday, including a refugee camp, according to state media.

Israeli settlers, in the presence of police, assaulted Palestinian residents in Shufat refugee camp and the neighbourhood of Beit Hanina, north of Jerusalem, local officials told the Palestinian Authority's Wafa news agency.

Palestinian residents in Beit Hanina neighborhood and Shufa'at refugee camp confronted Israeli settlers who reportedly vandalised properties in the area.

Israeli police fired tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets at the Jerusalem residents.

One person was injured after being shot in the abdomen with a rubber-coated steel bullet and another after being struck in the head by a stun grenade.

Israeli settlers have attempted to forcibly expel Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, leading to weeks of demonstrations.

Israeli security have attacked protesters in the suburb and worshippers at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, sparking outrage across the globe.

Read more: Fighting Israel's erasure of Palestinian identity in Jerusalem

Hamas launched rockets at Israel last Monday after hundreds of worshippers were injured by Israeli security forces at Al-Aqsa.

Israel, which boasts an effective Iron Dome air-defence system to protect itself from rocket attacks, has responded with deadly airstrikes.

The turmoil has also spilled over elsewhere, fuelling protests in the occupied West Bank and stoking violence within Israel between its Jewish and Palestinian citizens, leading to deaths.

Almost 200 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, including 58 children and 35 women, with more than 1,300 wounded. In Israel, eight people have been killed.

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