IP - 218 Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians in West Banks registered since the start of the war in the previous 33 days.

Iran Press/ West Asia: The attacks include 28 incidents that resulted in Palestinian casualties,157 incidents that caused damage to Palestinian-owned property, and 33 that resulted in both, according to the Occupied Palestinian territory Authority, OCHA.

“This reflects a daily average of seven incidents, compared with three since the beginning of the year. Over one-third of these incidents included threats with firearms, including shootings,” the UN agency said.

“In nearly half of all incidents, Israeli forces were either accompanying or actively supporting the attackers.”

More than 10,000 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli army in the besieged Gaza Strip since October 7 by heavy aerial and artillery bombardments – more than 4,000 children and 2,550 women. more than 25,000 others, including 10,000 children, have been injured, and 1.5 million people some 60 percent of the population have been forcibly displaced from their homes.

But aside from attacks on the Gaza Strip, Israel, and Israeli settlers have simultaneously intensified attacks against Palestinians beyond the enclave.

The United Nations had declared 2022 the “deadliest” year for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem since 2006.

Israeli forces killed 170 Palestinians in those areas in 2022, including more than 30 children, while more than 9,000 others were injured.

The number of Palestinians killed in 2023 has already significantly surpassed last year’s death toll.

Since January 1, Israeli forces and settlers have killed at least 371 people in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Nearly half of those – 163 people – were killed just in the past month. At least 43 of them were children.

More than 2,300 others have been wounded over the past month, including at least 244 children, with more than half of them injured in protests against the bombardment of Gaza.

Some 700,000 settlers live in the midst of and around Palestinian neighborhoods and cities under heavy protection. The vast majority of illegal Israeli settlements have been built either fully or partially on private Palestinian land.


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