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Israeli settlers attack Palestinians, vandalize property near Salfit

March 19, 2019 2:41 P.M. (Updated: March 19, 2019 2:41 P.M.)
SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian homes, on Monday evening, in Kifel Hares village, northwest of the northern occupied West Bank district of Salfit.

Mayor of Kifl Haris, Abed al-Rahim Buziyya, told Ma'an that a group of Israeli settlers raided Kifel Hares and attacked Palestinian homes, as well as vandalized several vehicles near the entrance of the village.

Buzziya added that Israeli settlers threw rocks and glass bottles at the Palestinian homes, breaking a number of windows.

Buzziya pointed out that Israeli settlers attacked residents, who attempted to prevent the raid, by throwing rocks at them and pepper-spraying them.

Buzziya mentioned that dozens of Israeli settlers along with heavily armed Israeli soldiers are situated near the Kifl Hares’s entrance, after setting up a large steel structure at the roundabout of the village.

Many Palestinian activists and rights groups have accused Israel of fostering a "culture of impunity" for Israelis committing violent acts against Palestinians.

Better known as "price tag" attacks, extremist Israeli settlers use violent acts of retribution on Palestinians and their property to demonstrate their opposition to Israeli restrictions on settlements and their outposts in the occupied West Bank.

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

B'Tselem said that "Israel benefits from the repercussions, as settler violence has gradually dispossessed Palestinians of more and more areas in the West Bank, paving the way for a state takeover of land and resources. This occurs because Palestinians avoid entering areas in which they have been attacked, usually close to settlements."

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