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Illegal Israeli Settlers Wreak Havoc in the West Bank  Village of Qasra

[ 03/01/2011 - 12:39 PM ]


Dozens of Jewish settlers attacked the home of a Palestinian citizen in Qasra village, south of Nablus, on Monday and slaughtered two of his sheep, villagers reported.

They said that the settlers attacked Sayel Hassan's house before fleeing the village, recalling that settlers killed a number of sheep heads in the same village and tried to assault the shepherd but he managed to escape.

Meanwhile, settlers from Revava settlement continued to plough land of the Palestinian village of Deir Estiye, Salfit district.

Local sources said that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested five of the landowners including the local council chief Nazmi Salman at the pretext of taking photos in a military zone.

They were documenting the incident, locals said, adding that the IOF soldiers confiscated their cameras and detained them for a few hours before releasing them.

Salman said the soldiers prevented them from approaching their land, which is threatened with confiscation, and warned them against trying to come near it again.

He said that the settlers bulldozed around 100 dunums in the vicinity of Revava settlement, adding that all the targeted area belongs to his village.

In Burin village, south of Nablus, Jewish settlers on Sunday surrounded a house in the village's outskirts and threatened those inside.

Local sources said that tens of settlers attacked the home of Um Ayman for the third consecutive time and tried to break into it. She started to scream and her neighbors rushed to help her prompting the settlers to flee.

They said that IOF soldiers, who were monitoring the event, intercepted citizens who were trying to reach the house and confiscated their IDs.

For their part, the IOF soldiers stormed the village of Housan, in Bethlehem, on Sunday night at the pretext of searching for youths who were stoning settlers' vehicles on the main road near to the village.

Eyewitnesses said that soldiers in five army jeeps burst into the village and the soldiers broke into many houses and gathered the village's youths in a public square for many hours under the rain and cold weather.

Northern villagers report new settler vandalism

Published today 14:59 NABLUS (Ma’an) --

Residents of Qusra village in the northern West Bank said that illegal Israeli settlers were behind a series of car-tire slashings and the slaughter of two sheep in their barn overnight.

Locals told head of the village council Hani Ismail they saw at least ten settlers enter a barn in the Nabuh neighborhood early on Monday morning, and when they entered to survey the damage, two of the animals were killed.

Ismail told Ma'an that the report came less than 48 hours after residents said car tires were damaged by a group of settlers in the area.

Palestinian Authority official Ghassan Doughlas said the latest incidents were likely perpetrated by settlers from an outpost known as Estra, located southeast of the village.

The barn targeted in the attack, he added, belonged to 55-year-old Sayel Ribhy Yousif Hasan.

On Sunday, villagers from Burin, north of Nablus, reported an overnight attack on a Palestinian home, saying dozens of armed settlers had attempted to enter the home of Um Ayman Suwan, but were stopped by residents who countered the attack.

Palestinians contacted the Israeli coordination office to intervene, after which the settlers left, Doughlas said.

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