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Israeli settlers setting fire to lands and property

Israeli settlers continued this morning their pogrom in the occupied Palestinian territories, setting fire to Palestinian vehicles, shops and fields.

Local sources said settlers attacked al-Lubban al-Gharbieh village, northwest of Ramallah, vandalizing shops and vehicles and causing heavy damage to property.

Last night, settlers rampaged through most of the areas north of Ramallah, setting fire to fields and vehicles and throwing rocks at cars with Palestinian license plates driving on the roads, according to Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official.

He said that the settlers rampaged in several villages north of Ramallah, set fire to a Red Crescent ambulance and large areas of farmland, a junkyard and a car wash, along with several vehicles and a room in a gas station in al-Lubban al-Sharqiya village.

He added that Palestinian firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in the gas station before reaching the fuel tanks, which would have caused a big disaster in the village.

The firefighters also extinguished fire set by the settlers to the yards of Palestinian houses and cars in the village.

A total of 140 cars were damaged or set on fire in the settlers’ pogrom, said Daghlas, who added that the Israeli occupation forces joined the settlers in their attacks at the Palestinian civilians in these villages, shooting rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at those who came out to defend themselves and their families causing at least 34 injuries.

The pogroms came after four settlers were shot dead in an attack at the entrance to an illegal Jewish settlement near al-Lubban village. The two alleged Palestinian attackers were later killed by the Israeli occupation forces.

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