UNHCR ‘deeply concerned’ over settler attack on Palestinians | Palestine News

The UN has said it is “deeply concerned about the protracted and extremely violent attack” on Palestinians in the village of al-Mugheir in the occupied West Bank.

Hamdi Naasan, 38-year-old father of four, succumbed to his wounds on Saturday after Israeli settlers from the nearby illegal outpost of Adei Ad shot at the Palestinian villagers.

Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, issued a statement on Tuesday, where he said a group of up to 30 Israelis – some of them armed – attacked Palestinian farmers in their fields and then descended on the village where they used live ammunition to shoot at the villagers and their houses.

Six Palestinians were shot and wounded with three of them in a serious condition. It remains unclear whether any settlers were also injured.

Colville noted that Israeli security forces were stationed near the village and were immediately alerted to the attack, but witnesses said that it took around two hours for them to intervene.
 
“When Israeli security forces did finally intervene, the main focus of their action appears to have been to disperse the Palestinian villagers using teargas,” the statement read.

Three more Palestinians were injured by live ammunition after Israeli security forces intervened. However, it was not clear whether they were shot by settlers or soldiers.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the average number of violent incidents instigated by settlers every month increased by 57 percent in 2018 compared to 2017, and by 175 percent compared to 2016.

Israel, as the occupying power, is obliged under international humanitarian law to protect the Palestinian population from such attacks. Those responsible for settler violence must be brought to account,” said Colville.

Little to no accountability

Issa Amro, an activist with the Working for Peace and Justice organisation from Hebron, told Al Jazeera that settlers who commit violent attacks are not held to account.

“They feel supported by the right-wing government and supported and protected by [US President Donald] Trump” Amro said.

“The settlers are getting more and more violent. I think soon they will commit massacres against the Palestinians.”

According to Israeli human rights organisation Yesh Din, only three percent of investigations regarding complaints filed by Palestinians hurt by Israeli citizens since 2005 resulted in convictions.

Similarly, regarding alleged offences by Israeli soldiers against Palestinians, Yesh Din found that in 2016, Israel’s Legal Service for Operational Matters received 302 complaints.

However, by March 2017, only five investigations opened in 2016 had led to indictments against soldiers for causing harm to Palestinians.

Source link

more recommended stories

  • ‘Boundless criminality’: Idlib market bombing toll rises to 38 | Battle for Idlib News

    Syrian and Russian air raids killed.

  • Australian swimmer’s podium snub to Chinese rival stirs row | South Korea News

    Australian swimmer Mack Horton has been.

  • Israeli troops begin demolishing scores of Palestinian homes | News

    Hundreds of Israeli troops, accompanied by.

  • Mexico says US noted ‘significant advances’ in curbing migration | Mexico News

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

  • ‘It’s something we use for fun’: A new street drug in Afghanistan | Drugs

    Names marked with an asterisk* have.

  • US to launch plan for ‘free passage’ of ships in Iran’s waterway | Iran News

    Aspen, Colorado – The United States.

  • Negotiations between Sudan’s military, protest leaders postponed | News

    Sudan’s alliance of opposition groups has.

  • Iran seizes British oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz | News

    Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said.

  • Trump says US warship ‘destroyed’ Iranian drone in Gulf | Iran News

    The United States says a US Navy ship.

  • Trump’s racism and American exceptionalism | USA

    The uproar over US President Donald.

  • Iran seizes foreign oil tanker for ‘smuggling oil’, crew arrested | Iran News

    Iran‘s Revolutionary Guard Corps have seized.

  • Crowd chants ‘send her back’ as Trump renews attacks on Omar | USA News

    US President Donald Trump has intensified.

  • ‘Wizard’ arrested after hack of most Bulgarian taxpayers’ details | News

    A 20-year-old Bulgarian cybersecurity worker was.

  • US slaps sanctions on Myanmar army chief over Rohingya abuses | News

    The United States has announced sanctions.

  • Religious restrictions on the rise globally: report | News

    Religious restrictions are on the rise.

  • Iran hits back at US demands on ballistic missiles, proxy groups | News

    Iran has hit back at US.

  • Malaysia parliament to debate move to lower voting age to 18 | News

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Malaysia’s parliament.

  • El Salvador rape victim jailed for stillbirth goes on trial again | El Salvador News

    San Salvador, El Salvador – Evelyn.

  • Powerful earthquake rocks parts of eastern Indonesia | News

    A strong, shallow earthquake has struck.

  • Cricket: England beat New Zealand to win World Cup | News

    World Cup winners 1975 – West.

  • Barry weakens but Louisiana authorities warn threat remains | News

    Slow-moving tropical storm Barry has weakened.

  • Why is Turkey’s purchase of Russian weapons controversial? | USA

    A battle appears to be looming.

  • UK police warning to media over leaked memos stirs anger | News

    Senior British politicians, including both contenders.

  • The informal networks resisting Honduras’s abortion ban | Honduras

    Tegucigalpa, Honduras – At 22 years.

  • Suicide attack at Somalia hotel followed by gunfire | Somalia News

    A car bomb went off in.

  • Sudan’s ruling military council says coup attempt foiled | News

    Sudan‘s ruling military council (TMC) says.

  • Ghana’s president wants Africa-Europe relationship to change | Colonialism News

    Africa must change its relationship with.

  • Ex-UN chief joins chorus of concern over floods at Rohingya camps | News

    Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has.

  • US wants Senate-approved deal with Iran: US envoy Brian Hook | News

    The Trump administration wants a Senate-approved agreement.

  • After ISIL, children try to catch up with school in Mosul | ISIS/ISIL News

    Mosul, Iraq – It was the.

  • US wants military coalition to safeguard waters off Iran, Yemen | Iran News

    The United States says it is.

  • Israel’s separation wall endures, 15 years after ICJ ruling | News

    In the occupied West Bank, the.