Israeli settlers attack Palestinians across West Bank


JERUSALEM — A Palestinian man was killed near a settlement in the West Bank overnight Saturday, and almost 150 settler attacks targeting Palestinians were carried out across the occupied territory, according to Palestinian media.

The Israeli army said that the Palestinian man killed late Saturday was seen outside Kdumim, a settlement in the northern West Bank, “armed with a handgun … and was neutralized by the community’s civilian security team.” Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency, identified the man as Karam Ali Salman, 18, a resident of Qusin village, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The report said he was fatally shot by an armed Israeli settler in circumstances that remained “unclear.”

Another Palestinian man, 24-year-old Omar Tareq Saadi, also died Sunday as a result of injuries sustained Thursday during an Israeli military attack on the Jenin refugee camp, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. The early-morning raid killed nine more Palestinians and was the deadliest operation in two decades, according to Palestinian officials.

Wafa said at least 144 Israeli settler attacks were reported on Saturday across the West Bank, the occupied territory that Palestinians envision as part of their future state. In Masafer Yatta, in the south, settlers assaulted a Palestinian man; in two villages near Ramallah, masked attackers torched a house and a car and threw stones; in Nablus, settlers uprooted nearly 200 trees. Outside of the northern village of Akraba, dozens of settlers established a new, unauthorized outpost, then attacked the Palestinian landowners who arrived at the scene and injured a medic who came to assist the injured, according to Yesh Din, an Israeli rights group. The report added that the Israeli military did not intervene.

There has been an “unprecedented increase in the frequency of terror attacks against Palestinian citizens and their property,” said Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official.

Early Sunday, Israeli security forces sealed off the family home of the Palestinian accused in a shooting that killed seven people outside a synagogue in East Jerusalem on Friday night. Authorities promised that the house would soon be demolished.

At an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “Our response will be strong, fast and accurate. Whoever tries to hurt us, we will harm them and anyone who helps them.”

Israeli police said they have arrested at least 42 people in connection with Friday’s shooting, including members of the suspect’s immediate family, as they boosted forces throughout East Jerusalem and the West Bank in anticipation of further violence.

On Saturday, a second attack took place at an Israeli settlement in East Jerusalem just outside the walls of the Old City, when a 13-year-old Palestinian from a nearby neighborhood shot and wounded two Israelis. The boy was apprehended by an armed civilian at the scene, according to Israeli police.

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