After Israelis were killed, settlers rampaged through West Bank settlements
When two settlers were killed by a Palestinian shooter, Israeli settlers stormed Palestinian villages in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
Overnight fighting near Nablus left one Palestinian man dead and more than 100 others hurt, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
According to a local official, dozens of automobiles and residences were also set on fire.
It came after the highway murders of two Israelis, brothers from a nearby settlement.
The Israeli military announced that it had sent hundreds of additional troops and that it was still looking for the Palestinian who shot Hillel Yaniv, 22, and Yagel Yaniv, 20.
At a summit in Jordan earlier on Sunday, Israeli and Palestinian officials vowed to defuse tensions.
A big group of Israeli settlers entered the village of Hawara, located approximately 4 miles (6 km) south of Nablus, in videos that were broadcast hours after the summit concluded. They lit fires and threw stones as they entered the community.
Lamar Abusarees, 10, claimed her home was among those set ablaze.
“There was nowhere safe, so my mother took us to a corner. All the windows were broken while we were inside, “she said, according to Reuters.
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who keeps an eye on settlement activity in the Nablus area, said to the Palestinian Wafa news agency that 30 homes in Hawara had been stoned or set on fire as well as 15 vehicles.
According to him, settlers also burned down a house and a water tank in Asira al-Qabaliyya, as well as a barn, three cars, and a house in the neighboring Burin.
According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, Sameh Aqtash, 37, passed away after being shot in the stomach during a settlers’ attack in Zaatara.
Abdul Moneim, Mr. Aqtash’s brother, claimed that they had been attacked by settlers while they were outside a blacksmith’s shop.
He told the AFP news agency, “They left the area and later returned with the occupation [Israeli] soldiers. “My brother was killed by the soldiers, not the settlers,”
But according to the Israeli military, an Israeli soldier did not shoot Mr. Aqtash.
Israeli authority over this region of the West Bank is total, and Palestinians have criticized Israeli security personnel for failing to protect them.
According to Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, “the terrorist acts carried out by Israeli settlers, under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces,” are entirely the responsibility of the Israeli government.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, pleaded for peace and encouraged settlers to refrain from violence so that the Israeli military and security agencies could concentrate on apprehending the shooter who killed the two Jews.
In a video statement, he pleaded with people not to use the law when the situation was tense and the blood was boiling.