Israeli settlers attack Palestinian youth club in occupied Hebron

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian youth club in occupied Hebron
2 min read
15 April, 2020
A youth club was attacked by Israeli settlers overnight until locals dispersed them.
Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967 [Getty]
Israeli settlers attempted to raid a Palestinian youth club in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron overnight Wednesday, in the latest in a spate of attacks on Palestinians and property.

The settlers, who were protected by the Israeli army, Tuesday night attacked the centre run by the Youth Against Settlements group, located in Tel Rumeida.

The mob tried to break into the centre, according to the Palestinian Authority's official news agency Wafa, but they were eventually chased off by locals.

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Hebron is known to be an exceptionally hostile environment for Palestinians due to the large number of settlers in the city. Its Palestinian residents reportedly live in fear of Israeli aggression.

Around 600 ultra-nationalist Israeli settlers live in the heart of Hebron, the largest Palestinian city in the West Bank. The settler enclave is protected by twice as many Israeli soldiers.

Israel has illegally occupied the West Bank 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 by harming and killing civilians, demolishing homes, poisoning livestock, vandalising property and other forms of violence. 

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