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Israeli settlers assault Palestinian homes near Hebron

A group of rampaging Israeli settlers last night attacked homes of Palestinian citizens near the town of Sa’ir, to the northeast of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian security sources.

Settlers attacked homes in the outskirts of the town, shouted profanities at their residents and threatened to murder them and burn their homes.

In the meantime, Israeli occupation forces raided the city of Bethlehem, south of the occupied West Bank, and detained five Palestinians after raiding and searching their homes.

Israeli settler violence against Palestinians and their property is commonplace in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities. It includes arsons of property and mosques, 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.