Forty-two Palestinians, including a local journalist, were injured by rubber-coated bullets and 83 others suffered breathing problems after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers in the village of Burqa, northwest of Nablus, on Thursday evening, the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) said, according to Press TV.
The PRC said a girl was treated for shock after a group of violent Israeli settlers attacked her family’s home on the outskirts of the village, Palestine’s WAFA news agency reported.
Under the protection of Israeli soldiers, the setters also attacked several vehicles, three houses, and a car wash belonging to Palestinians.
They also vandalized a number of gravestones in a cemetery in the village. Two ambulances were hit by Israeli troops with stun grenades and tear gas canisters.
Israeli settlers routinely engage in violence and vandalism against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Al-Quds.
All the settlements are illegal under international law. The UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.
Meanwhile, a middle-aged Palestinian woman has lost her life after an Israeli settler ran him over in the central part of the West Bank.
Security sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told WAFA that 55-year-old Ghadeer Anis Masalma was struck at the entrance to the town of Sinjil, which lies northeast of Ramallah, on Friday noon.
The sources added that the settler fled the scene after the attack.
There have been scores of “hit and run” incidents targeting Palestinians in different parts of the occupied West Bank, with most of them largely going uninvestigated by Israeli authorities. Some of such events have even resulted in fatalities.