WEST BANK (Dispatches) – A group of armed Zionist settlers have attacked and injured Palestinian families in a village in the occupied West Bank, local Palestinian media reports say.
Palestinian media reports said that the latest act of violence took place in Jibiya village, north of Palestinian city of Ramallah.
The hard-line settlers pointed guns at and physically assaulted Sheikh Mohamed, his children and wife as well as other families who were having a picnic in the area.
The eyewitnesses said the settlers robbed items from the families and snatched their cell phones and other belongings away.
Zionist settlers have pressed ahead with their acts of vandalism and violence, known as price tag attacks, against Palestinians and their property as well as Muslim holy sites.
According to human rights groups, incidents of sabotage and violence by Zionist settlers against Palestinians and their property are a daily occurrence throughout the occupied West Bank.
The settlers also launch attacks on Palestinian homes, set their cars on fire, vandalized their property, and uproot their olive trees and other crops as well as sealing their livestock.
The Israeli rights group B’Tselem earlier this year said the Zionist settlers had noticeably escalated attacks against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in April despite restriction of movement and lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Back in July 2015, a large fire broke out after the settlers threw firebombs and Molotov cocktails into two Palestinian houses in the West Bank town of Duma, setting them ablaze while their inhabitants were asleep.
The arson attack killed 18-month-old baby Ali Dawabsheh, and critically wounded his father and mother, Sa’ad and Riham, who later succumbed to their injuries. Ali’s four-year-old brother, Ahmad, who was also wounded in the assault, remained the sole survivor of the ill-fated family.
More than 600,000 Zionists live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds by the Zionist regime.
For years, the regime has clearly allowed its settlers to assault Palestinians and inflict damage on their property as one of its policies. This has included provision of military protection for the attackers, and in some cases troopers’ active participation in the assault.
All Zionist settlements are illegal under international law. The UN Security Council has condemned the regime’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.