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Palestinian fighters carried out 19 retaliatory attacks in past 24 hours: Report

Israeli soldiers are seen at a checkpoint in the occupied Palestinian town of Huwara, the West Bank, on August 19, 2023, following a retaliatory operation at a carwash where two Israeli settlers were killed. (Photo by AP)

Palestinian resistance fighters carried out more than a dozen retaliatory operations across the occupied territories over the past 24 hours, according to a report.

The report by the independent Palestinian Mo’ta information center said three of the 19 retaliatory attacks were shooting operations and four involved throwing explosive devices at Israeli forces.

Seven separate cases of confrontations with Israeli troops were recorded in al-Quds, Nablus, Ramallah, Jenin, Qalqilya, al-Khalil, and Tulkarm as well, it added.

It further said that Palestinian fighters opened fire at the al-Za’im checkpoint in occupied al-Quds, hurled explosive devices at Israeli troops in the Qalandiya checkpoint, and threw firecrackers during confrontations in the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood in southern East al-Quds.

Tulkarm refugee camp in the northern West Bank also saw shootings and explosive devices being thrown at Israeli army forces as they barged their way into the camp, according to the report.

Young Palestinian protesters hurled explosive devices at Israeli soldiers during clashes in Beit Ummar town, located eleven kilometers (6.8 miles) northwest of al-Khalil, it added.

Elsewhere in Qalqilya, Palestinian youths threw stones at settlers’ vehicles, it said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

In July, the report said, 1,132 acts of Palestinian retaliation were recorded, including 97 shootings and armed clashes with Israeli soldiers, 33 of which were carried out in Jenin.

Amid the surge in deadly Israeli military raids and violent rampages by extremist settlers on Palestinians across the West Bank, resistance fighters keep conducting retaliatory attacks in kind.  

‘Palestinians to continue confronting settler assaults’

In a related development, the Hamas resistance movement warned that Jewish settler attacks in al-Quds and across the occupied West Bank will be met with a “forceful” and “strong” response.

Mohammad Hamadeh, spokesman for the Hamas branch in occupied al-Quds, said in a statement on Sunday that Palestinians will continue confronting recurrent settler attacks, and will defend their lands and rights through all available means.

Hamadeh also urged the formation of popular committees to protect Palestinian villages and towns to confront increased settler attacks. 

He also called for mass mobilization and urged Palestinians to escalate resistance activities in response to the repeated Israeli crimes and settlement expansion plans.

Incidents of sabotage and violence by settlers against Palestinians and their property have become a daily occurrence throughout the occupied territories, particularly in the West Bank.

Jewish extremists continue their acts of vandalism, known as price tag attacks, against Palestinian properties.

However, Israeli authorities rarely prosecute settlers, and the vast majority of the files are closed due to deliberate police failure to investigate them properly.

Settler violence includes property and mosque arson attacks, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, and attacks on vulnerable homes.

Israeli settlers have noticeably escalated attacks against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in recent months.

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