Israeli police released nine relatives of two Palestinian attackers who had been detained earlier in the day, Tuesday. Meanwhile, clashes continue in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.Israeli police raided the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood, Tuesday, where they detained 12 family members of Ghassan Abu Jamal and his cousin Uday, after they entered a synagogue in Jerusalem with meat cleavers, knives and guns, killing five Israelis.
A lawyer for Addameer said that two brothers of Abu Jamal and the brother of Uday are still in custody.
Meanwhile, in East Jerusalem, clashes continued after police refused to return the bodies of the attackers to their families, due to ongoing investigations.
Israeli forces fired tear gas at protesters and a tent set up for mourners, according to Ma’an.
Clashes also reportedly occurres in the Sur Bahir, Wadi al-Joz, and al-Tur neighborhoods.
Right-wing Israelis gathered and chanted anti-Palestinian slogans in Sur Bahir while, in al-Tur, an Israeli opened fire in the air after youths threw stones at his car.
In the occupied West Bank, Israeli settlers smashed the windshields of several Palestinian vehicles in the Nablus district.
Mr. Arif al-Tahir, from Nablus, said that he witnessed dozens of settlers smashing windshields near the Huwwara military checkpoint in the presence of Israeli soldiers.
A local Fateh leader, Awwad Naji, said that Israeli soldiers told shop owners to shut down their stores and move their vehicles, in order to avoid having them damaged by settlers.
Meanwhile, settler attacks also occurred in the village of al-Lubban al-Sharqiyya, and near Yatta, to the south of Hebron.
Three Palestinians, on Wednesday, survived a car-ramming attack along bypass road ‘60’, where a settler deliberately drove toward them, in an attempt to run them over.
Maher al-Kaabneh, and two brothers Suliman and Ibrahim al-Kaabneh, sought shelter behind the stone wall along the road, and managed to escape, according to WAFA.
Attacks by illegal Israeli settlers against Palestinians and their property are commonplace in the occupied territories, but are rarely prosecuted by authorities, let alone reported by mainstream press, while retaliatory attacks by Palestinians are typically spotlighted as the actions of terrorists.