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Israeli settlers damage 40 Palestinian vehicles in Nablus

Aug. 17, 2018 11:30 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 20, 2018 5:06 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian house, punctured and damaged vehicles in the northern West Bank district of Nablus late Thursday.

The attacks came after an Israeli settlers was killed by a Palestinian driver in a car accident, initially thought to be a vehicular attack, near Nablus, late Thursday night.

The Palestinian driver, 60, turned himself in to the Palestinian liaison, shortly after the accident, saying that he had fled the site of the accident out of fear.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, said that Israeli settlers damaged some 40 Palestinian vehicles by throwing rocks and empty glass bottles towards vehicles using the Nablus-Tulkarem road (illegal Yitzhar settlement road), Huwwara and Zaatara checkpoints in the area and the near the illegal Israeli settlement of Eli.

Israeli settlers also burned down an excavator belonging to a Palestinian, identified as Muhammad Issa Makhlouf, after they had raided a stone-factory in the Urif village.

In the Jalud village in Nablus, dozens of Israeli settlers from the illegal Ahiya settlement attacked the eastern part of the village and attempted to set a Palestinian house on fire before locals prevented them.

Clashes erupted between Israeli forces, which intervened to secure Israeli settlers and send them back to the settlement, and Palestinian residents of the village.

A Ma'an reporter in Nablus said that Israeli settlers blocked several main Nablus-area roads, including the Huwwara road, Jit crossroads and Zaatara checkpoint until late Thursday.

The Palestinian government has no jurisdiction over Israelis in the West Bank, and violent acts carried out by Israeli settlers often occur in the presence of Israeli military forces who rarely act to protect Palestinian residents.

The majority of settler attacks committed against Palestinians are met with impunity, with Israelis rarely facing consequences for such attacks.

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