Israel releases all settler suspects detained in Huwara rampage

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AMMAN — Israeli police have confirmed that all settler suspects detained during recent riots in the West Bank town of Huwara have been released, according to news outlets.اضافة اعلان

Eight settlers were detained by Israeli authorities on Sunday night over their alleged involvement in the rampage, during which settlers shot and killed one Palestinian man and injured at least 390 others in Huwara and other villages south of Nablus, setting fire to dozens of Palestinian homes and cars.

Over 30 Palestinian houses in Huwara were burned completely to the ground.

Six of the detainees were released on Monday morning, and the last two were released on Tuesday morning to house arrest, an Israel Police spokesperson told the Times of Israel.

No other arrests were reported in connection with the rampage.

The spokesperson said that the Israeli police have no information about officers being involved in the killing of the Palestinian man, identified as 37-year-old Sameh Al-Aqtash, in the nearby village of Zaatara during the rioting on Sunday night.

A military official had previously told the Times of Israel that Israeli soldiers were not involved in the shooting that killed Aqtash. However, his family has claimed he was shot by Israeli forces.

Scores of settlersIn response to the deadly rampage, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned what he called “the terrorist acts carried out by settlers under the protection of the occupation forces.”

“We hold the Israeli government fully responsible,” he said, according to France 24.

Ghassan Douglas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israeli settlements in the Nablus region, estimated that around 400 Jewish settlers took part in the attack.

“I’ve never seen such an attack,” he said, according to France 24.

The rampage occurred shortly after the Jordanian government, which hosted Sunday’s talks in the Red Sea city of Aqaba, said the sides had agreed to take steps to de-escalate tensions and would meet again next month ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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