28 Israeli settlers banned from entering France after being accused of attacking Palestinians

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France will prohibition 28 Israeli settlers from entering nan country, accusing them of attacking Palestinians successful nan occupied West Bank, its overseas ministry said connected Tuesday.

"These measures travel arsenic unit perpetrated by settlers against nan Palestinian organization has accrued successful caller months. France reaffirms its patient condemnation of this unacceptable violence," nan ministry said successful a statement.

It did not sanction nan individuals.

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U.N. figures show that regular settler attacks person much than doubled since Hamas' astonishment attack connected Israel connected Oct. 7 and nan ensuing battle connected nan Palestinian enclave of Gaza.

While overmuch world attraction has focused connected that cross-border battle and Israel's consequent warfare there, European officials person besides expressed expanding interest astir rising unit against Palestinians successful nan West Bank.

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The United States and Britain person expressed akin concerns and person already imposed sanctions connected respective settlers whom they opportunity are responsible for violence.

The European Union's overseas argumentation main Josep Borrell said successful December that he would besides propose akin measures.

Paris has backed that inaugural and diplomats person said they hoped that erstwhile its measures were successful spot it could velocity up nan European process.

A associated connection issued by nan French, Polish and German overseas ministers connected Monday said settler unit against Palestinians successful nan West Bank was unacceptable and "shall beryllium sanctioned."

EU efforts person stalled truthful acold owed to objections from Hungary and nan Czech Republic, diplomats say.

But they opportunity a discuss whitethorn beryllium recovered later to fto nan measures proceed, perchance aft much EU sanctions connected Hamas.

"Colonization is forbidden nether world rule and must stop," nan French overseas ministry said. "Its continuation is incompatible pinch nan creation of a viable Palestinian state, which is nan only solution truthful that Israelis and Palestinians tin live, broadside by side, successful bid and security."