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Settler fires on Palestinian car from moving vehicle

March 15, 2011 6:19 P.M. (Updated: March 16, 2011 8:42 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- An Israeli settler gunned down a Palestinian car on the road near Bani Na'im village on Tuesday afternoon, causing severe damage to the car but no injuries, the victim reported.

The incident occurred north of Hebron, driver Muhammad An-Najjar from the town of Yatta told Ma’an.

"The settler car passed me and just opened fire," he said, describing punctured tires and car doors riddled with bullets.

An-Najjar said he was contacted by Israel's Civil Administration shortly after the incident, and asked for details on the attack.

He said he returned to the scene of the attack with police and gave several statements.

A representative of the Civil Administration could not be reached for comment.

The attack is just the latest in a stream of settler violence that has seen dozens injured as roving mobs of settlers enter Palestinian villages, throwing stones and bottles, spray painting property, burning fields and cars and launching Molotov Cocktails at civilians.

Villagers in Awarta, which has remained on an Israeli military lockdown since Saturday, reported hundreds of settlers protesting and throwing rocks at homes, elsewhere in the West Bank reports flooded in of settler attacks targeting Palestinians.

An estimated 200 settlers from the Kedumim settlement, five kilometers west of Nablus, demonstrated on the main road leading north, hurling stones at passing Palestinian cars.

To the east of Nablus, witnesses reported seeing settlers throwing stones from their parked cars at passing traffic.

Settlers reported stones thrown by Palestinians at Israeli traffic near Nablus and close to the Shiloh settlement, near Ramallah. No casualties were reported in any of the incidents.

Overnight, settlers torched two Palestinian cars just north of El-Bireh, also near Ramallah, residents said. They said the two vehicles, which were set alight before dawn near Beit El settlement, were totally gutted.

Both the Israeli military and the police say they remain on alert, fearing a wave of revenge attacks in response to the killings of five members of the Fogel family, residents of the illegal Israeli settlement of Itamar in the Nablus district.

Five out of eight members of the Fogel family were stabbed in their beds on Friday night, pictures of their bodies were widely circulated by settler leadership.

Amnesty International called on Israel to halt the settler attacks, which are posed as reprisal attacks against Palestinians, who Israeli officials blamed for the death of a settler family in Itamar, next to Awarta.
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