Settlers vandalize water, electricity networks south of Nablus

Days of Palestine - Nablus

Israeli settlers dawn Friday vandalized water and electricity networks in As-Sawiya village, south of Nablus city, according to a local activist.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors colonial settlement activities in the northern West Bank, confirmed that a group of settlers sneaked their way into the village, and chopped down a number of wooden electric poles using chainsaws.

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The settlers, who came from the nearby colonial settlement of Rechalim, notorious for its religious fanatic community, also destroyed part of the water network in the western part of the village.

The village has been a scene of frequent settler attacks, including chopping down dozens of olive trees on several occasions, as it is the case with other Palestinian villages and towns in Nablus and Salfit districts, which have the largest concentration of colonial settlements.

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Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

Settlers' violence includes property and mosque arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.

There are over 800,000 Israeli settlers living in colonial settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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