In order to avenge the murders of four Israelis slain by Palestinian gunmen the day before, hundreds of Israeli settlers went into a Palestinian community in the West Bank on Wednesday and set dozens of cars and homes on fire, according to locals.
In reaction to the fatal shooting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans to build 1,000 new settler houses, and the Israeli military immediately deployed more troops throughout the West Bank.
After many days of violent violence in the West Bank, the actions posed the possibility of escalating tensions.
About 30 homes and 60 automobiles were partially or completely destroyed, according to Mayor Lafi Adeeb.
Even when the soldiers arrived, he claimed, the attacks had gotten worse in the last hour.
The army used rubber bullets and tear gas to try to break up the subsequent fights, which left at least eight Palestinians injured.
He claimed that things were beginning to settle down around midafternoon.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he had approved plans to build 1,000 additional houses in Eli as Israel increased its military presence in the region. Netanyahu declared, “Our response to terrorism is to hit it hard and to strengthen our country.