The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned, on Tuesday, the latest attack by Israeli settlers who were isolated for the coronavirus, the Palestinian WAFA news Agency reported.

The illegal colonists suspected of contracting the virus, were quarantined on an Israeli army base. The settlers reportedly escaped and proceeded to attack Palestinian civilians with rocks and tear-gas, in addition to setting two cars on fire, in the occupied Jordan Valley.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said that this attack is but an extension of dozens of similar attacks against Palestinian civilians, adding that there has been a rise in the attacks since the outbreak of the pandemic.

According to a report by Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, there has been a spike in Israeli settler attacks on Palestinians and their property.

“Since the beginning of January 2020, B’Tselem has documented 50 incidents of settler violence towards Palestinians across the West Bank, 21 of which occurred in March alone. In 13 cases residents’ homes were attacked, 8 of them in March. Other cases in March included 7 physical assaults and 15 incidents in which settlers vandalized property or stole possessions.” – B’Tselem

~ WAFA, B’Tselem