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News, May 2009
Israelis Expand Illegal Settlement of Ma'ale Adumim, Illegal Settlers Attack Safa Village, Release Boars Against Palestinian Farmers' Property
Israeli interior minister okays enlarging West Bank settlement
Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai has decided to approve
recommendations by a special committee within the Israeli Interior
Ministry to expand the illegal West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim by
12,000 dunums (12 million square meters).
Four illegal settlers, including two settler-soldiers, arrested after attacking a Palestinian village
Israeli online daily, Haaretz, reported on Saturday night that four illegal Israeli settlers, including two soldiers on leave, were arrested by the army after attacking Khirbit Safa village, near the southern West Bank City of Hebron.
The attack was carried out after the end of a 30-day mourning period of a 13-year old settler from Bat Ayin settlement, who was killed by a Palestinian in April.
The settlers attacked the Palestinian village and clashed with local residents. Two Palestinians were moderately injured as the army fired gas bombs and rubber-coated bullets.
Later on, soldiers evacuated the settlers from the Palestinian village.
Two of the four arrested settlers were soldiers; they were detained for using army issued weapons in attacking the Palestinian village.
Army spokesperson condemned the attack and said that the soldiers misbehaved by participating in the clashes instead of “being concerned for the security of Israelis in the area”, Israeli online daily, Haaretz, reported.
It is worth mentioning that 36 Palestinians were injured in a similar attack carried out by settlers against the village on the week of the attack which was carried out by a Palestinian resident from Khirbit Safa. After the attack, soldiers arrested one Palestinian believed to be the attacker.
Boars released by illegal Israeli settlers attack barns, beehives near Nablus
Boars set free by illegal Israeli settlers on Sunday damaged sheep
barns and beehives in the northern West Bank village of Salem, east of
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