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Palestinian injured as Israeli settlers attack vehicles in Nablus

Dec. 13, 2018 2:46 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 14, 2018 3:23 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian vehicles, on Thursday, the Huwwara road near the junction of the illegal Israeli settlement of Yizthar, south of the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus.

The Mayor of Huwwara, Nasser al-Huwwari, said that one Palestinian suffered injuries during the attack due to Israeli settlers showering the Palestinian vehicles with rocks.

He confirmed that three vehicles were severely damaged by Israeli settlers.

Al-Huwwari added that Israeli forces sealed off the main Nablus-Qalqiliya road, in addition to sealing off Huwwara and Awarta checkpoints in the south of the Nablus district.

Local sources told Ma'an clashes broke out among Palestinian youths and Israeli forces in the Asira al-Qibliya village, also south of the Nablus district.

Sources confirmed that the clashes led to dozens of Palestinians suffering from tear-gas inhalation.

Palestinian towns and villages in the Nablus area are surrounded by Israeli settlements and outposts, many of which are protected by the Israeli military and have gained notoriety for being comprised of the most extremist settlers.

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.

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.
Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.
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