Extremist Jewish settlers have vandalized Palestinian property in the occupied West Bank city of al-Khali, in what is viewed as a routine act of provocation against Palestinians in their homeland.
Local sources said on Thursday that the attack took place overnight near Ibrahimi Mosque in the Old City of al-Khalil, south of the occupied West Bank.
Aref Jaber, an activist from Human Rights Defenders, a project that aims to document human rights violations by the Israeli occupation in Palestine, said settlers from the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba attacked Palestinian homes and vehicles in Jaber neighborhood, denting a number of parked cars and smashing their windows.
Jaber added that local residents tried to fend off the assailants, but Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and stun grenades to protect them.
Incidents of sabotage and settler violence by extremist Israelis against Palestinians and their property are a daily occurrence throughout the occupied West Bank, and are rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.
Settler violence includes property and mosque arson attacks, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.
Home to roughly 160,000 Palestinians and about 800 Israeli settlers, al-Khalil has long been a violent hotspot in the occupied Palestinian territories. The city is heavily guarded by Israeli forces.
The United Nations has already warned of a surge in Israeli settler violence against Palestinians, mostly in the areas of al-Khalil, al-Quds, Nablus and Ramallah.
More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East al-Quds.
The UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.
Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state with East al-Quds as its capital.