Days of Palestine

Monday, February 6

Israeli settlers shot, wound Palestinian in West Bank

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Israeli settlers shot, critically wounded on Monday Palestinian man during Israeli forces raid of the village of Qusra in the West Bank city of Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern occupied West Bank said that Ahmad Fayiz Hasan, 24, was critically injured during clashes in the eastern area of the village.

Hasan was transferred to the Rafidiya Governmental Hospital in Nablus city by crews from the Palestinian Red Crescent and was immediately sent into surgery.

Palestinian medical sources said that the bullet entered through Hasan’s back and settled into the left side of his chest.

Daghlas said that locals had gathered in the eastern area of Qusra after Israeli settlers had raided the area under Israeli army escort, stationing themselves in the area where an Israeli settler shot dead Mahmoud Odeh, a 48-year-old resident of Qusra, on Thursday.

Witnesses said that locals tried to push out the dozens of Israeli settlers who raided the village in an attempt to provoke people, causing clashes to break out.

Israeli soldiers fired tear-gas and live ammunition against locals.

Some 800,000 Israeli settlers reside in occupied Palestinian territories in violation of international law. The international community has repeatedly called their presence and rising population the main impediment to potential peace in the region.

The UN reported in August that after a three-year decline of settler attacks on Palestinians, the first half of 2017 showed a major increase in such attacks, with 89 incidents being documented so far this year, representing an 88 percent increase compared to 2016.

Palestinian activists and rights groups have long accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israeli settlers and soldiers committing violent acts against Palestinians.

Israeli authorities served indictments in only 8.2 per cent of cases of Israeli settlers committing anti-Palestinian crimes in the occupied West Bank in the past three years, according to Israeli NGO Yesh Din.