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Palestinian Authority: UN Security Council must end its silence in face of Israeli settlers’ attacks

The Palestinian Authority has denounced repeated attacks against Palestinians by zionist settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds, calling on the United Nations Security Council to break its silence in the face of such attacks.

The ministry, in a statement, called on the UN Security Council to shoulder its political, legal and moral responsibility and mount pressure on the Zionist regime to stop such attacks against Palestinians, WAFA News Agency reported on Sunday.

In its statement, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry took to task both the international community and the United Nations for their passivity in the face of atrocities committed by the occupying regime of Tel Aviv.

Such attacks, the Palestinian ministry said, take place in the context of the Israeli regime’s brutal act of aggression against Palestinians, which are backed by the occupying regime and its various organizations, with the aim of speeding up the annexation of Palestinian lands, evicting Palestinians, and replacing the residents with Israeli settlers.

The statement comes days following the death of a Palestinian man who was severely beaten by a group of settlers in the central part of the occupied West Bank.

The man, identified as 37-year-old Abdel-Fattah Obeyyat, was found dead at Har Gilo settlement, located two kilometers (1.24 miles) west of Bethlehem, on Wednesday night.

More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds. All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

According to human rights groups, acts of violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians and their property are a daily occurrence throughout the West Bank.

In another incident last week, an Israel settler run over a Palestinian woman and her child, when the duo was crossing the main road in Huwara, south of Nablus.

Earlier in December, two Palestinian workers lost their lives after they were struck by a bus near an Israeli military checkpoint at the northern entrance to the city of Bethlehem, about 10 kilometers south of Jerusalem al-Quds.

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