Concern over rise in attacks against Palestinian civilians

Palestinian children play at a beach refugee camp in Gaza City

The United Nations human rights office is calling on the Israeli government to protect Palestinian civilians and property in the occupied Palestinian territory.

The call follows an increase in violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank since the beginning of September.

The human rights office says it's particularly concerned about the situation in the village of Qusra, near Nablus in the northern West Bank.

The area has been targeted by settlers at least six times in the past six weeks – a mosque was torched, hundreds of trees were cut down and a Palestinian civilian was killed.

Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:

"More needs to be done to effectively prevent attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and, when they do occur, they should be properly investigated by the Israeli authorities. Victims should also be appropriately compensated for their losses. With the olive harvest season beginning in a few days time, we urge the Israeli authorities to take effective measures to stop attacks by settlers in the occupied West Bank."Duration:  22″

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