Israeli settlers assault Palestinian homes in West Bank

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A Palestinian man sits in front of Israeli soldiers during clashes at Tayasir checkpoint near the West Bank city of Tubas, on Feb. 25, 2020. Dozens of Palestinian demonstrators clashed on Tuesday with Israeli soldiers at an Israeli army roadblock on a road leading to the Jordan Valley in the West Bank, medical and security sources said. (Photo by Nidal Eshtayeh/Xinhua)
A Palestinian man sits in front of Israeli soldiers during clashes at Tayasir checkpoint near the West Bank city of Tubas, on Feb. 25, 2020. Dozens of Palestinian demonstrators clashed on Tuesday with Israeli soldiers at an Israeli army roadblock on a road leading to the Jordan Valley in the West Bank, medical and security sources said. (Photo by Nidal Eshtayeh/Xinhua)

The Palestinian Authority (PA) Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that several Israeli settlers on Tuesday attacked Palestinian homes in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley area by stones and tear gas.

The ministry said in an emailed press statement that it condemns the assaults by the settlers who also set fire to several Palestinian vehicles in the area.

“Tuesday’s assaults are an extension to a series of daily settlers’ assaults and attacks on the Palestinian citizens, their lands and their homes all over the occupied Palestinian territories,” the statement said.

The PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned of the escalation of such assaults amid the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the West Bank.

Meanwhile, an Israeli police spokeswoman said in a press statement sent to Xinhua that several masked people threw stones and teargas at the Palestinians in the Jordan Valley area and set fire on two vehicles.

The spokeswoman said that the police are investigating the incident.

A report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Palestinian territories affirmed that the rate of Israeli settlers’ assaults on the Palestinians in the West Bank had increased.

The report said that within the last two weeks of March, Israeli settlers’ assaults on the Palestinians had wounded five people and caused severe damage to their properties. Enditem

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