Israel settlers raid, attack with gunfire Palestinian stores in West Bank – Middle East Monitor

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A large group of Israeli settlers raided and attacked multiple Palestinian stores, located on the main street of Huwara in the occupied West Bank, reported Wafa news agency.

Video footage shared on social media appears to show hundreds of settlers, protected by Israeli occupation forces, entering the town’s central street, where they proceeded to vandalise and damage the merchandise within the shops.

Moreover, the settlers opened fire at the local Palestinian residents and shopkeepers while damaging the shops and destroying parked vehicles.

The town is located on a road between the Palestinian cities of Nablus and Ramallah and is surrounded by illegal Israeli settlements.

Tensions in the occupied West Bank have escalated significantly since Saturday after the Palestinian resistance initiated Operation Al-Aqsa Flood against Israel, a multi-pronged surprise attack including a barrage of rocket launches and infiltrations into Israel via land, sea and air.

The resistance said the offensive was in retaliation for the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem and Israeli settlers’ growing violence against Palestinians.

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The Israeli military then launched Operation Swords of Iron against Gaza.

The Health Ministry in Gaza says that more than 1,799 Palestinians have been killed, of whom 171 were women and 326 were children. Meanwhile, following the killing of a Palestinian man and his son by settlers during a funeral procession of four Palestinians who had also been killed by settlers in the town of Qusra in the northern occupied West Bank, up to 44 Palestinians have been killed since Saturday in the West Bank.

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