Israeli settlers Tuesday overnight attacked a number of Palestinian homes in Einabous village, south of the West Bank city of Nablus, said an official.
Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement construction in the northern West Bank, said that a scores of settlers from Yitzhar were provided heavy military protection as they attacked a Palestinian neighborhood in Einabous.
Settlers attempted setting agricultural vehicles on fire and threw rocks at Palestinian homes in the village, smashing their windows.
Israeli occupation forces opened fire on the villagers who attempted to fend off the settlers’ attack, injuring two with rubber-coated steel bullets and causing others to suffocate from tear gas.
The settlers reportedly came from Yitzhar, an illegal settlement inhabited by hardcore fanatic Jews.
Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.
Settlers’ violence includes property and mosque arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.
Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.
All settlements across the West Bank are illegal under international law, particularly article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which establishes that the occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.