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Israeli settlers set 2 Palestinian vehicles on fire in Nablus-area village

July 13, 2018 10:46 A.M. (Updated: July 14, 2018 11:52 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers set two Palestinian vehicles on fire on Friday in the Urif village in northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus.

Locals said that a group of Israeli settlers from the Yitzhar settlement, south of Nablus, raided the Wadi al-Sarrar area northeast of the village at 3:00 a.m. and set fire to two, Opel and Citroen, vehicles belonging to a Palestinian they identified as Ziad Abed al-Azuz Omar Shihadeh.

Palestinian Civil Defense firefighting crews arrived at the scene and extinguished the fire.

Israeli settlers had also sprayed threatening graffiti before leaving the area.
Since the state of Israel confiscated land from Palestinian villages to establish the illegal Yitzhar settlement in the 1980s, "attacks and violence perpetrated by settlers has had a profoundly negative impact on Palestinian residents and their property," according to the Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem (ARIJ), which has reported that the settlement "poses a daily threat to residents of the neighboring Palestinian villages."
The settlers have also been known to steal crops, damage and burn trees and other plants, and attack places of worship in the area, in an attempt to intimidate Palestinian villagers and farmers from using their land.

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