ACTNews, WEST BANK – On Thursday (12/23/2021), The Palestinian Presidency has held the Israeli government responsible for an increase in terrorist attacks by Israeli settlers against defenseless Palestinian communities across the occupied West Bank, especially in the village of Burqa, demanding the international community to take action.
In a press statement, the Presidency urged the international community, especially the UN Security Council, to urgently intervene to provide international protection for the Palestinian people, adding that Israel cannot continue to act as a state above the law.
Some 125 Palestinian civilians sustained light to moderate injuries today during clashes with the Israeli occupation forces, which erupted shortly after hundreds of Israeli settlers protected by the army attempted to break into and attack the village, according to medical sources.
The Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) stated 42 Palestinians, including a journalist, were injured after being hit with rubber-coated steel rounds, while another 83 sustained suffocation from inhalation of teargas fired by the Israeli army.
Two ambulance vehicles were also hit by Israeli soldiers with stun grenades and tear gas canisters.
Entrances to the village have been shut down with earth mounds by the Israeli occupation forces since yesterday to allow access of thousands of Israeli settlers to the nearby site of Homesh, a pre-2005 Israeli settlement that ultra-Orthodox settler groups are urging the Israeli government to allow them to return there.
Although violence and vandalism by Israeli settlers are common throughout the year, attacks by Israeli settlers have increased in the West Bank over the last week.