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Settlers firebomb public park in Nablus village

Aug. 11, 2015 11:48 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 11, 2015 12:44 P.M.)
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NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers hurled Molotov cocktails at a public park in the northern West Bank village of Qaryut overnight Monday in a failed attempt to set fire to the park.

Palestinian security sources told Ma'an that a number of settlers arrived in three vehicles at 2 a.m. and hurled several Molotov cocktails at the park before fleeing the scene.

The sources said local youths tried to chase the attackers but they sped away.

No injuries were reported.

Residents of the nearby village of Beita said that settlers tried to carry out a separate attack there, but locals noticed them and managed to prevent the attack.

Settler violence has come under international scrutiny in recent days following a deadly attack on the village of Duma on July 31 that killed an 18-month-old Palestinian toddler and his father.

The crime sparked international outrage, although many Palestinians have pointed out that settler attacks are common and often go unpunished by the Israeli authorities.

Israeli settlers have carried out at least 126 attacks on Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank since the start of this year, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Only 1.9 percent of complaints submitted by Palestinians against Israeli settler attacks result in a conviction, the Israeli human rights group Yesh Din reported.
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