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Jerusalem24 – Three Palestinians were injured this morning as Israeli settlers attacked the residents of Huwara, south of Nablus, and blocked access in the main street of the town under the protection of Israeli forces, following a shooting attack on an Israeli settler vehicle.
The residents of Huwara have witnessed several waves of settler violence since the beginning of the summer.The Palestinian Red Crescent in Nablus reported that two Palestinians suffered burns as a result of being sprayed with hot pepper gas directly in the face, while a third sustained bruises after being beaten.
This morning at dawn, a settler vehicle came under fire by the “Aren Al-Oswad” group who later claimed responsibility for the shooting. No injuries were reported.According to the Israeli Ynet website, the shooting took place while the settler was traveling from Huwara towards the settlement of Ariel. Several bullets hit the vehicle.
A large number of Israeli soldiers combed the area searching for the perpetrators of the shooting attack, and stormed several shops in the town and seized surveillance cameras.
SAFA news agency reported that more than 30 Israeli military vehicles deployed along Huwara Street, and detained a number of young men near the junction with the town of Beita.
Israeli forces also heightened military activities at the checkpoints surrounding the city of Nablus, setting up a roadblock on the Nablus-Tulkarem Road near the town of Deir Sharaf, and stopping vehicles and subjecting them to thorough searches.
Ghassan Daghlas, the official in charge of the settlement file in the northern West Bank, told WAFA news agency: “The occupation forces targeted the citizens with stun grenades and tear gas after they confronted the settlers.”
Security sources reported that shots were fired on Sunday at the Israeli checkpoint in Mount Jarzeem southwest of Nablus. No injures were reported. Palestinian gunmen also reportedly shot down an Israeli drone flying over the old city of Nablus, according to the same sources.