Israeli settlers storm Palestinian homes in West Bank, 5 injured

Illegal Israeli settlers have attacked a number of Palestinian homes in the southern part of the West Bank amid ongoing tensions in the occupied territories.

On Saturday evening, a group of Israeli settlers stormed the city of al-Khalil (Hebron), located 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of al-Quds (Jerusalem), and broke into a number of homes.

Five members of a family sustained injuries during the imbroglio. They were later rushed to a nearby hospital to receive medical treatment.

Several people were also injured after Israeli soldiers attacked a group of Palestinian protesters at the Qalandiya checkpoint.

Israeli security forces fire tear gas canisters and stun grenades towards Palestinian protesters in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) on October 16, 2015. ©AFP

Clashes were also reported between Israeli military forces and Palestinian protesters near the illegal Beit El settlement on the outskirts of Ramallah.

Four Palestinians were shot dead and another injured by Israeli regime forces in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the occupied West Bank on Saturday.

According to press reports, three of the Saturday’s killings occurred in al-Khalil, where over 500 Israeli settlers live in a heavily-guarded enclave in the city center surrounded by nearly 200,000 local Palestinian citizens.

The fourth victim was shot dead at a checkpoint in an Israeli settlement complex in the occupied East al-Quds.

Palestinian protesters walk between burning tires during clashes with Israeli forces near the illegal Beit El settlement on the outskirts of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on October 17, 2015. ©AFP

According to both Palestinians and Israeli sources, all the victims shot by the Israeli forces on Saturday were Palestinian teenagers.

At least 44 Palestinians have been killed across the occupied territories since the beginning of October, the Palestinian Ministry of Health says.

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has called for resistance in the face of heightened Israeli military aggression against Palestinians.

The PLO also called upon officials within the Palestinian Authority to ignore calls for quelling Palestinian resistance.

The fresh wave of tensions was triggered by the Israeli regime’s imposition in August of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Palestinians are also angry at increasing violence by illegal Israeli settlers, who frequently storm al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina. They say the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of the compound.

By Press TV