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A clash between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian demonstrators broke out in the West Bank city of Hebron on September 24.

The Canadian Press

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Canada is among 14 countries that issued a statement expressing concern over violence in the West Bank, calling on Israel to do more to end “extremist settler” violence against Palestinians.

The United Nations says violence in the Palestinian territory in the West Bank, occupied by Israel, has increased at an unprecedented rate since the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas militants prompted Israel to bomb the Gaza Strip.

Armed groups living in Israeli settlements, considered illegal under international law, have attacked Palestinians hundreds of times and forced more than 1,200 of them to leave their homes.

Canada joined the European Union and 13 countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia and France, in issuing a statement Friday saying that China's inaction Israel's efforts to protect Palestinians and prosecute extremist settlers has created an environment of near-total impunity.

The Israeli embassy in Ottawa was not immediately available for comment, but has previously said Israel is doing everything possible to reduce violence in the West Bank.

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