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Israeli settlers set house on fire in Hebron's Old City

Oct. 3, 2018 4:39 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 4, 2018 11:01 A.M.)
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers set a Palestinian house on fire, on Wednesday, in the Old City of Hebron, in the southern occupied West Bank.

According to the Hebron Reconstruction Committee, Israeli settlers set fire to a house, belonging to Palestinian resident, Izz al-Din al-Sharabati, and is in an area declared a closed military zone by Israel near the illegal Israeli outpost of Abraham Avino in center of Hebron's Old City.

The al-Sharabati family lived in the four-story building for several years until they were forced to leave due to continued harassment by Israeli settlers, who continuously threw rocks at the house and residents.

The house remained empty since then.

Some 800 notoriously aggressive Israeli settlers now live under the protection of the Israeli military in the Old City, surrounded by more than 30,000 Palestinians.

The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem reported that Israeli settlers' vandalism in the occupied West Bank is a daily routine and is fully backed by Israeli authorities.

The report stressed that "Settler violence and vandalism takes place with full backing by the Israeli authorities. Sometimes soldiers take part in the assault; at other times, they stand idly by. The police makes no substantial effort to investigate the incidents, nor takes measures to prevent them or stop them in real time."

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