Israeli forces arrest 5 Palestinians in West Bank

The Israeli army says it has arrested five Palestinians suspected of involvement in the killing of an Israeli settler in the occupied West Bank.

Army officials said two men armed with axes and metal bars attacked the settler at his home in the settlement of Brosh in the northern Jordan Valley on Friday, AFP reported.

The man named Sarya Ofer died, but his wife survived and only suffered minor injuries.

Palestinian chief negotiator Nabil Shaath slammed the Israelis for conducting security operations in connection with the incident without prior coordination with the Palestinian authorities.

“The Israelis should have come to us immediately asking for security coordination” following the latest incident, Shaath said.

On Monday, Israeli forces stormed the Palestinian town of al-Bireh in central West Bank, firing tear gas and rubber bullets on the Palestinian residents.

The attack came after an Israeli child was reportedly shot and injured by a mentally unstable person in the Israeli settlement of Psagot located near al-Bireh last week.

Also on Monday, Israeli settlers attacked the al-Jalazun refugee camp north of Ramallah, throwing stones at residents and vandalizing their cars.

Israeli settlers, mostly armed, regularly attack Palestinian villages and farms and set fire to their mosques, olive groves and other properties in the West Bank under the so-called “price tag” policy. However, the Tel Aviv regime rarely detains the assailants.

The presence and continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine has created a major obstacle for the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

The United Nations and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbids construction on occupied landas.

By Press TV


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