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Settlers attacking in Turmas'ayya

Published: Fri 5 Dec 2008 01:27 PM
Settlers attacking in Turmas'ayya, Burin, plus Huwarra and Beit Iba checkpoints following eviction of occupied house in Hebron as part of 'price-tag' campaign
Settlers are attacking Palestinian residents in Turmas'ayya and Burin following news of the settler eviction from the occupied Rajabi house in Hebron. Witnesses also have reported attacks on Huwarra and Beit Iba checkpoints, Nablus.
These coordinated attacks appear to be the manifestation of settler warnings of a 'price-tag' campaign (please see http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2=10534883 ) that were reported in September of this year. Settlers warned that there would be coordinated attacks against Palestinian
Just outside the village of Turmas'ayya, Israeli soldiers have stopped a bus and at least 40 other Palestinian cars from traveling down Road 60 that links Nablus and Ramallah. As the cars were being stopped settlers attacked the cars, throwing rocks and other projectiles. At the time of writing these attacks are still occurring.
Those trapped inside the cars report that Israeli soldiers are refusing to intervene and prevent the settler attacks or to allow the Palestinian traffic to pass so as to escape from the settler attacks. Witnesses to this have said that they are very scared and that there has been considerable damage caused towards the bus and cars.
In the village of Burin, Nablus region, over 100 settlers have attacked the village, throwing stones at Palestinian houses and damaging property. Settlers have also set fire to Palestinian agricultural land in Burin.
International Human Rights Workers have also reported that both Beit Iba and Huwarra checkpoints have been blocked by settlers and that rocks are being thrown at Palestinians attempting to pass through the Israeli checkpoints.
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