Settlers Renew Attack on East Hebron Neighborhood

HEBRON, October 18, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers renewed their attacks on the eastern Hebron area on Sunday evening, hours after they carried out a similar attack, according to local sources.

WAFA correspondent said dozens of settlers from the settlement of Kiryat Arba, illegally built on land of Hebron, attacked Palestinian homes with stones.

A military escort was guarding the settlers during their assault.

Late Saturday night, settlers from Kiryat Arba removed the barbered wire that separates the settlement from adjacent Palestinian homes before attacking the homes with stones. The settlers also shouted racist slogans and profanities against Palestinian families in the neighborhood.

Settlers recently stepped up their attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank, including Jerusalem, amid growing tension and renewing clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli army and police.

Clashes have been witnessed across the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and Gaza, as well as in Arab communities inside the occupied 1948 land, against the backdrop of Israel’s repeated assaults against al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.

Israel has been enforcing a temporal division on the compound, the third holiest place in Islam, which ignited strong feelings of anger among Palestinians.

Settlements are illegal under international law as they violate Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the transfer of the occupying power’s civilian population into occupied territory.