Saudi Press

Saudi Arabia and the world
Wednesday, Feb 28, 2024

Two Palestinians killed by Israelis amid escalation in settler violence

Two Palestinians killed by Israelis amid escalation in settler violence

Two Palestinians were killed by Israelis in the West Bank and Israel on Thursday, according to official Palestinian sources.
The Israeli army shot dead Ahmed Taha, 39, close to the Ariel settlement near Salfit. He was suspected of attempting to carry out a stabbing attack. And Palestinian sources said Amin Warda, a resident of Nuseirat in central Gaza, died after being assaulted by Israelis while working inside Israel.

Their deaths coincided with an unprecedented escalation in attacks by settlers against Palestinians and their property throughout the West Bank.

On Wednesday night, settlers led by extremist Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and other far-right members of the Knesset, stormed the site of the evacuated Homesh settlement, near the town of Silat Al-Dhahr, south of Jenin, and performed Talmudic prayers there, protected by Israeli army forces. They used stones to attack vehicles belonging to Palestinians living by the entrance to the settlement, near Bazariya, northwest of Nablus, breaking some windows.

It came about a month after the Israeli parliament approved a bill granting settlers permission to return to four settlements in occupied Palestinian territories that were dismantled in 2005: Homesh, Ganim, Kadim and Sanor.

Meanwhile settlers cut down more than 160 olive trees in Qaryut village, south of Nablus. And on Thursday, armed settlers attacked cars and properties belonging to Palestinians near the entrance to the village of Ein Shibli, east of Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, the Palestinian official in the northern West Bank in charge of issues relating to settlements, told Arab News that 25 armed settlers had targeted vehicles, homes and greenhouses.

“The current period is witnessing a significant escalation of settler attacks, which requires caution and the activation of guard committees to confront these attacks,” he said.

Also on Thursday, settlers uprooted dozens of vine and olive saplings, destroyed crops of eggplant, tomatoes and peppers, and damaged an irrigation system on agricultural land next to Husan village, west of Bethlehem, according to the head of village council, Rami Hamamreh.

Palestinians depend on this land, which contains about 12 water springs, and the crops that grow there for their livelihoods. It has been the target of repeated attacks by settlers.

Elsewhere, four Palestinian farmers and shepherds were injured during an attack by settlers in Khirbet Al-Sakot, in the northern Jordan Valley. It has been targeted by continual attacks since Wednesday.

Tensions in the area began to rise when a group of settlers built a cowshed there a few days ago and destroyed parts of irrigated crops, sparking fears that it was the first step toward establishing a pastoral outpost.

Moataz Bisharat, the official in charge of the Jordan Valley file in Tubas Governorate, told Arab News that a group of settlers had been chasing shepherds in the Sakot area since Thursday morning and also seized a herd of cows.

He said the settlers’ activities indicated they had been tracking shepherds in the area for days, pursuing them on an almost daily basis in many parts of the northern Jordan Valley and forcing them to leave their pastures. Pastoral outposts are reportedly spreading in the region and settlers have seized large areas of pastoral land.

The Israeli army used tear gas to suppress a demonstration on Thursday by residents of the village of Ain Al-Bayda, in the northern Jordan Valley not far from Sakot,.

Also on Thursday, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh discussed the situation in Jericho with the local governor and other officials. The city has been under a tight siege, imposed by the Israeli army, for more than six days.

Shtayyeh condemned the continual incursions into the city and its camps, and said the Palestinian government doing all it can to ensure the siege is lifted. He also stressed the need to halt the incursions into Aqbat Jaber camp and to provide all possible support for the Palestinians living there.
Newsletter

Related Articles

Saudi Press
0:00
0:00
Close
Apple warns against drying iPhones with rice
China Criticizes US for Vetoing UN Ceasefire Resolution in Gaza
In a recent High Court hearing, the U.S. argued that Julian Assange endangered lives by releasing classified information.
The U.S. vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a temporary ceasefire in Gaza, instead proposing its own six-week ceasefire plan contingent upon the release of all hostages held by Hamas
Prince William Urges End to Gaza Conflict
Saudi Arabia ranks first in UN index for e-government services in MENA
Israel has gone ‘beyond self-defence’ in Gaza, says Labour’s Streeting
EU Calls for Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza Conflict
Israel Records 20% Drop In GDP, War In Gaza Is The Reason
Saudi Arabia's FDI Inflows Grow with New International Standards
Venture Capitals Power Up Across MENA Region
Saudi Arabia Introduces Terms for 30-Year Income Tax Exemption for Multinational Companies
Saudi FM: Establishing Palestinian state is only pathway for Mideast stability
Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny has died at the Arctic prison colony
Elon Musk's Starlink Gets License For Israel, Parts Of Gaza
Influencers Exploit X Platform for Profit Amidst Israel-Gaza Conflict
PM Modi Announces Opening Of New CBSE Office In Dubai
International Criminal Court's Chief "Deeply Concerned" By Rafah Bombing
January Funding for MENA Startups Totals $86.5 Million
Saudi Arabia accelerates digital economy growth through Nvidia partnership
Indian female military officers commend Saudi Arabia's progress and women's empowerment
Israel unveils tunnels underneath Gaza City headquarters of UN agency for Palestinian refugees
Israel deploys new military AI in Gaza war
Egypt threatens to suspend key peace treaty if Israel pushes into Gaza border town, officials say
Israel Utilizes AI Military Technology in Gaza Conflict
Saudi Arabia Warns Of A "Humanitarian Catastrophe" If Israel Moves On Rafah
China Warns Iran to Halt Houthi Attacks or Damage Trade Ties
US University To Shut Qatar Campus Due To "Heightened Mideast Instability"
Iran-backed hackers interrupt UAE TV streaming services with deepfake news
Facebook and Instagram Ban Iran's Supreme Leader
Finnish Airline, Finnair, is voluntarily weighing passengers to better estimate flight cargo weight
U.S. Secretary of State Blinken: The Israelis underwent dehumanization on 7.10, this does not give them the right to do this to others.
Defense Technology Showcase Held in Riyadh
Saudi Arabia’s non-oil exports rise 2.5% to $6bn in November 2023: GASTAT
UK Bans Misleading "Zero Emissions" Claims for Electric Cars
Gaza's Teen Inventor Sparks Light in Displacement
Netanyahu Rejects Ceasefire Proposal, Insists On Total Victory Over Hamas
Guterres appoints independent UNRWA review panel
Private Sector Employment Hits Record High with Over 11 Million Employees in January
Rolls-Royce Executive Encourages Saudi Women to Tap into Their Inner 'Superhero' for Success in Defense Industry
Saudi Arabia launches National Academy of Vehicles and Cars
Saudi Tourism Minister Reveals Plan for 250,000 New Hotel Rooms by 2030
SAR to more than double eastern network passenger capacity with new trains deal
Saudi Arabia Enhances National Defense with New Partnerships
Saudi Aramco Maintains Arab Light Crude Pricing to Asia for March
NEOM Establishes New York Office to Support Investors
Saudi Wealth Fund Draws in Over $25 Billion Worth of Investments in Three Years, Al-Rumayyan Reveals
ZATCA Cautions Against Scammer Schemes
INTRA Defense Technologies inaugurates drone factory in Riyadh
Saudi Arabia's Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources, Bandar Alkhorayef, has announced a partnership with the London Metal Exchange to set up metal storage and delivery centers in the country. Alkhorayef highlighted Saudi Arabia's expanding military industries sector, crediting the Public Investment Fund (PIF) as a key partner, during his speech at the second PIF Private Sector Forum in Riyadh
×