WAFA correspondence reports that gun-toting Israeli settlers chased down and intercepted a number of female Palestinian students, Tuesdays, while they were on their way home from school in the village of Kisan, east of Bethlehem.Head of Kisan village council Hussain Ghazal said that the students succeeded in seeking refuge at a nearby residential area, escaping injury.

Ongoing settler attacks against Palestinians have significantly increased following the killing of an Israeli soldier and a female settler on Monday.

The rise in such attacks, including inside Israel, has sharply increased following Saturday’s incident in which Israeli police murdered, without any apparent provocation, 22-year-old Kheir e-Dine Hamdan, a resident of the Galilee.

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Settlers, on Tuesday, attacked a number of Palestinian homes to the south of Hebron with stones while, in a separate incident, settlers sabotaged the content of a Palestinian stone-cutting factory, according to local and security sources.

In Hebron, settlers from the nearby illegal settlement of Hagai broke into the Harayek area, to the south of the city, where they pelted stones at Palestinian houses, yet no injuries were reported.

Earlier, in the predawn hours, illegal Israeli settlers stormed a Palestinian-owned stone-cutting factory in the village of Hawwara, to the south of Nablus, destroying some of its content and machines.

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Israeli forces kidnapped, early Tuesday and Monday night, at least ten Palestinians from across the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Israeli forces raided ‘Askar refugee camp, to the east of Nablus, where they broke into the house of Nur al-Din Abu Hashya, suspected of stabbing an Israeli soldier in Tel Aviv on Monday. Forces ransacked the house and took his father, Khaled, 55, along with his three brothers, Walid, ‘Izz Ed-dine, and Mohammad.

Nur al-Din Abu Hashya was reportedly taken into custody, according to WAFA.

Meanwhile. in Jerusalem, Israeli police further abducted one Mohammad ‘Ubaid, who works as a paramedic, as well as 30-year-old Ahmad al-‘Amuri, after breaking into and ransacking their houses.

In Hebron, forces raided ‘Ein Sarah Street, where they arrested Mohammad, the brother of Maher al-Hashlamon (the man who reportedly killed a woman and injured three other people) after breaking into and ransacking his family’s house.

Maher al-Hashlamon is currently unconscious in the intensive care unit at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem, after being shot and critically wounded by soldiers stationed near the scene.

Ayman al-Shwaiki was also taken from the same neighborhood, following a raid on his house.

In the Jenin district, forces abducted two teenagers from the Abu Bakir family; Liqa’, 18, and Rabi‘, 19, near Ya‘bad town, to the southwest of the city.

Following Monday’s stabbing incident, Israeli troops forced Palestinians in Huwwara town, to the south of Nablus, to shut down their shops in anticipation of a demonstration organized by Israeli settlers from Yitzhar junction to Za‘tarah military checkpoint.

Settlers vandalized Palestinian vehicles parked near the checkpoint.

Finally, several hours later, dozens of settlers closed the main entrance of Beit Fajjar, a town to the south of Bethlehem.