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Vandals torch PA intel officer's car

03:00 Jan 16 2012 Dir Dibwan, near Ramallah

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NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian Authority intelligence officer says Israeli settlers burned his car early Monday in the occupied West Bank, in the latest in a string of similar attacks in recent months.

Mohammad Ghannam said the car was parked in front of his house in Dir Dibwan village, near Ramallah, when it was set on fire by Israeli extremists who later escaped the scene.

Ghannam, an officer in the PA Authority intelligence services, is the brother of Ramallah's governor.

The attack, which came a day after residents said settlers burned a car in Hebron, also followed an incident this week in which settlers targeted cars carrying a senior PA security official.

An officer in the northern West Bank was injured when his vehicle and another car were driving on the road between Ramallah and Tulkarem near Shilo settlement Wednesday, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Hneihin said.

Hneihin told Ma'an that settlers fired on the vehicle and pelted cars with stones. Hneihin said he lodged an official complaint with Israeli liaison officials who arrived at the scene.

The security commander for the Tulkarem district said one of his entourage Suleiman Abed Rabbo was injured and taken to hospital.

The UN humanitarian affairs unit said Tuesday that five Palestinian were killed and 1,000 injured by settlers or security forces in incidents related to the settlements during the year.

Two children were among those killed, and nearly a fifth of all injuries were suffered by under-18s, UN OCHA said.
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