Israel calls up army battalions as serious violence hits West Bank following murder of Israeli brothers

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JERUSALEM, Israel – The Israeli army is calling much battalions to nan Nablus area connected nan West Bank pursuing a deadly panic onslaught that saw 2 Israeli brothers killed and riots successful nan Palestinian Authority tally colony of Huwara adjacent Nablus.

On Sunday night, astir 400 Jewish settlers entered Huwara, threw stones astatine houses, and group homes and cars connected occurrence successful a rampage of revenge that lasted much than 5 hours pursuing nan execution of 2 Israeli brothers, Hallel and Yagel Yaniv, from nan adjacent Jewish organization of Har Bracha.

Thirty-six homes were burned, and astir of nan families surviving location had to beryllium evacuated. Hundreds of cars, oliva trees, and livestock were torched. The Palestinian wellness ministry said a 37-year-old man was changeable and killed by Israeli occurrence connected Sunday. The Palestinian Red Crescent said 2 others were changeable and wounded, different was stabbed, and a 4th was beaten pinch an robust bar. Ninety-five group were treated for tear state and fume inhalation.

An IDF charismatic told Fox News Digital nan Israeli service considers nan riots past nighttime arsenic "terror attacks." Six Jewish settlers were arrested overnight, but 4 of them were released by Monday morning.


  • Damaged location and cars adjacent Nablus

    Palestinians inspect a damaged location and scorched cars successful nan municipality of Hawara, adjacent nan West Bank metropolis of Nablus, Monday, Feb. 27, 2023. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

  • scorched cars successful a scrapyard

    Palestinians inspect scorched cars successful a scrapyard, successful nan municipality of Hawara, Monday, Feb. 27, 2023. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

The charismatic besides acknowledged that Sunday night's convulsive events diverted nan forces hunting nan Palestinian assailant that murdered nan 2 Israelis and allowed him to escape.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant visited nan segment Monday morning, and said, "We expect difficult days up of us. It whitethorn beryllium present successful Judea and Samaria, successful nan Jerusalem area, aliases successful nan Gaza region." 

While hoping to reconstruct calm, he instructed nan various information forces to beryllium connected precocious alert and "ensure readiness to look each threats, reenforce troops and activities connected nan ground, and astir importantly, scope and apprehend nan terrorists. We will not tolerate coercion against Israelis and will run successful each measurement necessary," he said.

On Monday morning, nan Israeli service told Huwara Palestinian shop owners to adjacent their shops, and residents stayed successful their homes, fearing escalation.

On Sunday evening, soon aft they received nan devastating news, Esti Yaniv, nan mother of nan 2 slain Israeli brothers, called for unity. She sent retired an affectional sound connection to nan younker of their organization and urged them not to avenge her sons' deaths. "We person a monolithic spread successful our heart; thing will ever capable this spread – not construction, not protests, nothing."

Speaking to nan Israeli Knesset Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave his condolences to nan parents of nan murdered brothers, Hillel and Yagel Yaniv. Quoting from nan Book of Samuel he said, "Beloved and lovely! In life and successful decease they were not divided … God will avenge their blood, and we will avenge their blood."

He continued, "And erstwhile I opportunity 'we', I mean nan defense unit of nan State of Israel - nan IDF and nan information forces exclusively. They cognize really to do it. They do. They travel to relationship pinch everyone who lays a manus connected us." 

Netanyahu condemned nan rioters: "This is our reply to terrorism: to onslaught astatine terrorists, to onslaught astatine terrorists, and to deepen our roots successful our country. But again - this is our role, that of nan authorities and that of nan information forces. We will not judge a reality successful which a man who is honorable successful his eyes will do: mounting occurrence to houses, burning cars, and premeditatedly harming innocents."


Funeral of Hillel and Yagael Yaniv successful Jerusalem, Israel. The brothers were killed successful a Palestinian violent onslaught connected Sunday.

Funeral of Hillel and Yagael Yaniv successful Jerusalem, Israel. The brothers were killed successful a Palestinian violent onslaught connected Sunday. (Shalev Shalom/TPS)

Sunday's events drew wide condemnations from nan International community. The European Union said it was "alarmed" by nan violence, adding that "authorities connected each sides must intervene now to extremity this endless rhythm of violence."

Tor Wennesland, nan U.N. typical coordinator for nan Middle East bid process, released a connection saying, "There tin beryllium nary justification for terrorism, nor for arson and acts of revenge against civilians. All perpetrators of unit must beryllium held accountable. Violence, provocations, and incitement must extremity instantly and beryllium unequivocally condemned by all."

On Sunday, while nan shooting onslaught took place, a multilateral acme was held successful Aqaba, Jordan, pinch Israeli, Palestinian, Egyptian, Jordanian, and American information and negotiated representatives to find a solution for nan caller escalation successful nan West Bank. The talks, uncommon successful their occurrence, were broad and frank. 


Two Israeli brothers were changeable and killed by a Palestinian violent connected Sunday.

Two Israeli brothers were changeable and killed by a Palestinian violent connected Sunday. (Nadav Goldstein/TPS)

A associated connection released Sunday noted, "The 2 sides (Palestinian and Israeli sides) affirmed their committedness to each erstwhile agreements betwixt them, and to activity toward a conscionable and lasting peace." It besides continued, "They reaffirmed nan necessity of committing to de-escalation connected nan crushed and to forestall further violence."

Israeli troops besides had to region settlers from nan antecedently evacuated Evyatar colony adjacent Nablus. The settlers had decided to return and campy successful nan outpost. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a furniture gathering successful Jerusalem, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a furniture gathering successful Jerusalem, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP)

National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, nan leader of nan Jewish Power party, called for a "real warfare connected terrorism" and legalizing nan outpost, which troops were erstwhile again clearing. He was speaking astatine nan Evyatar outpost, powerfully stating, "I understand nan difficult feelings, but this isn't nan way. We can't return nan rule into our hands".

Tensions successful nan West Bank betwixt Israel and nan Palestinians person been increasing successful caller months. The past IDF ambush successful Nablus targeted 3 members of nan "Lion Dens" militants, resulting successful nan decease of 11 Palestinians and dozens injured.