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Suspected Israeli settler opens fire at Palestinian car near Nablus

Sept. 20, 2015 1:07 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 20, 2015 1:07 P.M.)
Armed settlers overlook a Palestinian village south of Nablus during confrontations following the setting on fire of Palestinian-owned fields on Jan. 1, 2010. Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- A suspected Israeli settler allegedly opened fire on Saturday at a Palestinian vehicle near the illegal Israeli settlement of Elon Moreh in the northern occupied West Bank, a local monitor said.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that one person drove the car of the attacker, which has Israeli number plates, while another shot live rounds at a Palestinian vehicle with Palestinian number plates. 

No injuries have been reported.

Daghlas added that the victim in the shooting has been identified as Ammar Naim Sarkaji.

No description of the attacker's vehicle has been given at this time.

The Palestinians were said to have been travelling from the village of Beit Dajan to Nablus in the northern West Bank during the attack. 

Tensions with Israeli settlers have been running high in the occupied Palestinian territory since an 18-month-old Palestinian toddler and his parents were killed in an arson attack on their home in southern Nablus at the end of July.

The toddler's father died a week after the attack, while the mother, Riham Dawabsha, succumbed to her wounds on Sept. 7, more than one month later.

Israeli settlers have carried out at least 148 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.

There are more than 500,000 Israelis living in settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, in contravention of international law.
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