ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 143

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Israelis reportedly set fire to Palestinian shops, cars in northern West Bank

Jeremy Sharon is The Times of Israel’s legal affairs and settlements reporter

Israeli soldiers and settlers at the entrance to the West Bank town of Turmus Aya, June 21, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)
Israeli soldiers and settlers at the entrance to the West Bank town of Turmus Aya, June 21, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)

Settlers allegedly set fire to Palestinian shops, cars, olive groves, and other property in the village of Deir Sharf in the northern West Bank, following the fatal terror shooting of an Israeli in the same area earlier on Thursday.

Videos posted on social media, including by the B’Tselem organization as well as Israeli and Palestinian activists, show plumes of smoke rising from numerous places in the town.

Video footage posted by activists also shows Palestinian olive groves set ablaze, allegedly by settlers, near Jit Junction several kilometers away from the site of the terror attack.

Settler activists also block a key road leading into the Palestinian city of Nablus in protest of what they said was the army’s refusal to lock down the city in the wake of the terror shooting attack.

The activists, including several rabbis, clashed with Border Police who came to disperse the demonstration.

According to the police, three Israelis were arrested at the site on suspicion of arson and disturbing public order.

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