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Settlers raid Palestinian park near Nablus

Dec. 10, 2013 10:12 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 10, 2013 3:55 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Israeli settlers attacked a park in the Palestinian village of Burqa northwest of Nablus overnight Monday, a Palestinian official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settler activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that settlers attacked al-Masudiyya park and attempted to pull down a number of structures.

The settlers who launched the attack dug out a hole in a small first aid facility located in the park before running away when security guards arrived, Daghlas added.

He also highlighted that Israeli forces had delivered a demolition warrant to the owners of the park in mid-November. The demolition order targeted structures donated by World Vision, a local official told Ma'an at the time.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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