|Israeli settler attacks on Palestinians up 4-fold: UN||
The annual rate of Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians has almost quadrupled in eight years, UN figures show.
There have been 2,100 such attacks since 2006, the year the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) started counting. The annual totals are up from 115 in 2006 to 399 in 2013, the UN office announced on Tuesday.
In the past eight years, 10 Palestinians were killed by settlers, according to OCHA figures. More than 1,700 Palestinians were injured by settlers or by troops in clashes.
The figures strengthens complaints that Israeli security forces have largely failed to stem the so-called "price tag" campaign in which thugs cut down trees, insult mosques and beat Palestinian farmers.
Critics say Israeli governments stacked with pro-settler politicians have often been reluctant to confront settlers, even those seen as a hardline fringe.
Israeli settlers have uprooted hundreds of thousands of Palestinian olive trees in the West Bank over the past five decades, resulting in losses of tens of millions of dollars to the local economy, Palestinian officials have said.
Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law, and their continuous expansion is a point of tension in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
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