Extremist Israeli settlers attacked, on Thursday, the homes of Palestinians in the village of Asira al-Qiblia, southwest of occupied West Bank city of Nablus, according to a local official.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the area, told WAFA that a number of extremist settlers, protected by a military escort, attacked Palestinian homes with stones, in the outskirts of the village.

This came hours after settlers carried out a similar attack on homes in the nearby village of Urif. There were no reports of injuries in the two attacks.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank, and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

Similar attacks by Jewish settlers, in the past, has resulted in the killing of defenseless Palestinian civilians, as well as the injury of many others.

According to the Israeli rights group B’Tselem, “As the occupying force, Israel must protect the Palestinians in the West Bank. However, the Israeli authorities neglect to fulfill this responsibility and do not do enough to prevent Israeli civilians from attacking Palestinians, their property and their lands.”

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