West Bank sees biggest settler rampage since war in Gaza began as Israeli teen’s body is found

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Palestinian residents of the al-Mughayyir village attacked by Israeli settlers were seen pouring buckets of water onto fires as black smoke continued to rise from buildings. Tensions in the West Bank have been especially high since the Israel-Hamas war began in nearby Gaza in October. (AP video by Immad Isseid)Photos


BY NASSER NASSER AND JACK JEFFERYUpdated 10:40 AM MST, April 13, 2024Share

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Al-MUGHAYYIR, West Bank (AP) — Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank went on the largest rampage against Palestinians there since the war in Gaza began, as Israel’s army said Saturday the body of a missing Israeli teen was found after he was killed in a “terrorist attack.” Witnesses said settlers assaulted a number of communities.

The Israeli military said dozens of people were injured in confrontations in several locations, with shots fired and rocks thrown. It did not specify how many Palestinians and Israelis were hurt. Several companies with the defense forces were deployed and “all of the incidents have concluded,” it asserted.

The disappearance of 14-year-old Binyamin Achimair sparked the attacks on Palestinian villages on Friday and Saturday. Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant in a statement on social media urged people not to take the law into their own hands in the territory where tensions have simmered for months.


On Friday, Palestinian Jehad Abu Alia was killed and 25 others were wounded in the attack on al-Mughayyir village, Palestinian health officials said. On Saturday, Israeli troops delayed for several hours the ambulance carrying the 26-year-old man’s body for burial, witnesses said.


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Properties of Palestinian villagers are set on fire by Israeli settlers in the West Bank village of al-Mughayyir, Saturday, April 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

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Dozens of Israeli settlers returned to the village’s outskirts on Saturday, burning 12 homes and several cars. The Palestinian Health Ministry said three people from the village were injured, one critically. Border police fired tear gas toward villagers who gathered, trying to disperse them.

“They entered the house and burned it and burned cars, as you can see,” 42-year-old Akef Abu Allu said, looking at his blackened two-story home in al-Mughayyir.

In the nearby village of Douma, Israeli settlers set fire to around 15 homes and 10 farms, the head of the local village council, Slieman Dawabsheh, told The Associated Press, saying he had been there. “The army came but unfortunately, the army were protecting the settlers,” he said, asserting that it fired tear gas and rubber bullets at Palestinians trying to confront and expel them.


The Israeli military didn’t respond to questions. The Palestinian Red Crescent said six people were injured by gunfire but did not say who fired.

Mohammad Bader, 27, inspects his torched vehicle, in the West Bank village of al-Mughayyir, Saturday, April 13, 2024. Dozens of Israeli settlers stormed into a Palestinian village in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Friday, shooting and setting houses and cars on fire. The rampage killed a Palestinian man and wounded 25 others, Palestinian health officials said. An Israeli rights group said the settlers were searching for a missing 14-year-old boy from their settlement. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

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