US State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Monday, 27 February 2023 that his country condemns Israeli settlers’ violence in the occupied West Bank, which resulted in the killing of one Palestinian, injuries to over 100 others, and the destruction of extensive property.
In a tweet on his feed, Price added” These developments underscore the imperative to immediately de-escalate tensions in words and deeds.”. He pledged that “The United States will continue to work with Israelis and Palestinians and our regional partners towards restoring calm.”.
These developments underscore the imperative to immediately de-escalate tensions in words and deeds. The United States will continue to work with Israelis and Palestinians and our regional partners towards restoring calm.
— Ned Price (@StateDeptSpox) February 27, 2023
Yesterday, Israeli settlers set dozens of Palestinian homes and cars on fire in Huwara, a town in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, in what appeared to be the worst outburst of settler violence in decades.
Local Palestinian sources reported that Israeli settlers torched some 30 Palestinian-owned homes and cars during the late-night rampage, which came a day after two settlers were killed.
Earlier this month, Israeli occupation claimed the lives of 11 Palestinians and injured more than 100 others in a deadly military raid into the old city of Nablus.
The Palestinian ministry of health said a 37-year-old man was shot and killed by Israeli occupation fire on Sunday. The Palestinian Red Crescent said two others were shot and wounded, a third person was stabbed and a fourth was beaten with an iron bar.
Ghassan Douglas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israeli settlements in the occuiped West Bank, reported that nearly 400 armed colonial settlers took part in the attack, which came after the Jordanian government said the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israeli officials agreed to take steps to de-escalate the situation in the occuiped territories.
Tensions have escalated between Palestinians and Israeli colonial settlers amid intensified Israeli deadly military raids in occupied Palestinian territories.