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Palestine calls for prompt international intervention to stop settler 'terrorism'

Israeli soldiers and settlers clash with Palestinians during a protest against the expansion of illegal settlements near the occupied West Bank town of Salfit on November 30, 2020. (Photo by AP)

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has called upon the international community to intervene immediately, and to pressure the occupying Israeli regime into stopping "acts of terrorism" committed by extremist settlers against Palestinians and their communities.

The ministry, in a statement, urged UN Secretary-General António Guterres to promptly activate the international protection system for Palestinian civilians under the Israeli occupation.

It said it is gravely concerned about the rise in systematic attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinians, especially in the northern West Bank villages of Qaryout and Burqa as well as in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East al-Quds, which have left dozens of people injured.

The ministry held the regime of extremist Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett fully and directly responsible for settler violence and terror, and warned against the dangerous repercussions of their acts on the status of the region.

Additionally, the Palestinian presidency called on the international community to swiftly put an end to Israeli settlers’ terrorism against the defenseless Palestinians.

It stressed that Israeli authorities are encouraging and protecting settler violence, which is soaring on a daily basis.

It said stability will not prevail as long as Palestinians do not enjoy calm, adding the current situation will keep the Middle East region in a cycle of violence.

Dozens of extremist Israeli settlers raided Qaryout village southeast of Nablus early Friday, injuring several Palestinians and causing material damage.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the northern West Bank, said the settlers broke into many homes in the town, and assaulted local families.

Scores of Palestinians were injured in the process, who were moved to several hospitals in Nablus.

Israel occupied the West Bank and the Gaza Strip — territories the Palestinians want for a future state — during the six-day Arab-Israeli war in 1967. It later had to withdraw from Gaza.

More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank. All the settlements are illegal under international law. The United Nations Security Council has condemned the settlement activities in several resolutions

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