Armed Settler Guard Raids House near Hebron, Threatens to Kill Dwellers

HEBRON, November 1, 2015 (WAFA) – An Israeli settler security guard raided on Sunday a Palestinian house in Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, and held dwellers at gunpoint while threatening to shoot them, according to local sources.

Mohammad Awad, an anti-settlement activist, told WAFA that an Israeli security guard called “al-Yahu” from the illegal settlement of Karmi Tzur, illegally built on land of Beit Ummar, stormed a house in the town located near Hebron-Jerusalem highway.

The settler got out of his car and raided the home of Omar and Ezat Sabarneh – in full sight of Israeli soldiers – where he pointed his gun at the dwellers and threatened to shoot them, claiming that his car was subjected to stone-throwing as he passed near the area.

Soldiers reportedly threatened the house owners of severe measures if rock-throwing continues in the area.

Meanwhile, settlers destroyed a barbed-wire fence that surrounds a land in the village of Nabil Samuel, northwest of Jerusalem. The fence surrounds a land belonging to a local Eid Barakat and his nephews.

Settlers recently increased their violence against vulnerable Palestinians in the West Bank, amid a growing unrest that has been fueled by Israel’s attempts to divide al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as by the dreadful arson attack by Jewish fanatics on al-Dawabsheh house in Duma, south of Nablus, on July 31.

Three of the Dawabsheh family members were killed; 18-month-old Ali was burned alive in the arson attack, while both his parents died from their injuries within weeks, leaving Ahmad, 4, orphaned.

Prior to the recent escalation, Palestinian officials, including President Mahmoud Abbas, warned that dividing al-Aqsa Mosque will have dire consequences on the overall political atmosphere in the region.

Since the beginning of unrest on early October 2015, 73 Palestinians have been killed and over 2,270 others injured with live ammunition or rubber-coated steel rounds used by Israeli forces in the West Bank and Gaza.

Over 3,000 Palestinians sustained suffocation due to intensive use of teargas and toxic gas by Israeli forces.