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Israeli forces impose curfew on Nablus-area villages

Aug. 21, 2014 8:06 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 22, 2014 1:53 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces imposed a curfew on the northern West Bank village of Huwwara south of Nablus Wednesday night and shut down a farmers market in the nearby Beita village.

The raids came after a Molotov cocktail was reportedly hurled at a settler's vehicle on the main road in Huwwara.

Villagers told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers ordered all shop owners in Huwwara to shut down their stores and go home.

The soldiers also stormed the farmers market in Beita and ordered all greengrocers to shut down their stores and leave.

Israeli soldiers also erected several flying checkpoints on the main road in Huwwara.

The villages south of Nablus are frequent sites of settler violence and Palestinian clashes with Israeli forces as they are located beside the notoriously violent Israeli settlements of Yitzhar and Bracha.

Settlers frequently attack a number of local villages and prevent farmers from reaching their lands, according to UNOCHA, in addition to attacks on local olive trees themselves.

As a result, local youths sometimes respond by targeting vehicles belonging to settlers on the area's main roads.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property in the occupied West Bank is systematic and ignored by Israeli authorities, who rarely intervene in the violent attacks or prosecute the perpetrators.

In 2013, there were 399 incidents of settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
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