Israeli settler violence on the rise in Palestine, UN agency says


Jerusalem (QNN) – Israeli settler violence against Palestinian civilians and property in the occupied West Bank has continued upscale since the beginning of 2019, with a weekly average of seven attacks resulting in injuries or property damage, according to a United Nations agency.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its bi-weekly report on protection of civilians in the occupied Palestinian territory covering the first two weeks of February that vandalism of Palestinian property and uprooting of trees were carried out by both Israeli settlers and authority.

Plus, around 425 trees and 14 vehicles were vandalized, and one Palestinian was injured, in attacks by Israeli settlers during the recording period, said OCHA.

Israeli settlers also physically assaulted and injured a 20-year-old Palestinian man near the village of Jibiya in the Ramallah area.

A total of 425 Palestinian-owned trees were vandalized by Israeli settlers in three separate incidents in At Tuwani and Sa’ir, both in the Hebron district in the south of the West Bank, and Jalud near Nablus in the north of the West Bank.


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