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Settlers storm private Palestinian land near Nablus

Dec. 13, 2015 6:59 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 13, 2015 7:34 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Dozens of Israeli settlers accompanied by Israeli military forces on Sunday began refurbishments on a historic home located on Palestinian land near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian Authority official said.

A PA official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, Ghassan Daghlas, told Ma’an that settlers from a number of illegal settlements in the area arrived to the property, “claiming the property belonged to them."

The historic home was located in al-Masudiyya on privately-owned Palestinian on the outskirts of the village of Burqa, north of Nablus.

The PA had previously built a recreational park for children in the same area after Israeli authorities evacuated an illegal settlement outpost located on the land, which Israeli settlers have raided several times before, Daghlas added.

No further information was given regarding what kind of refurbishments the settlers carried out on the property.

Israeli settlers frequently enter Palestinian-owned areas under the armed protection of Israeli forces, often carrying out attacks on Palestinian communities and their property.

While Israeli settlers regularly carry out attacks on Palestinian locals, attacks increased throughout the occupied West Bank between Israeli settlers and Palestinians since two settlers were shot dead by Palestinian gunmen on Oct. 1.

Several attacks took place throughout October and November on Palestinians during the olive harvest, with settlers preventing farmers from harvesting their olive trees.

Well over 500,000 Israeli settlers live illegally in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in contravention of international law, at the expense of local Palestinians.

Riyad Mansour, the permanent observer for Palestine to the UN, asked the UN Security Council in October to intervene in order to stop aggression by settlers, including the implementation of a measure to disarm settlers.

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