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Settlers stone shepherds, kill donkey and wound internationals near Hebron

Nov. 16, 2008 11:01 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 16, 2008 11:01 A.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Settlers attacked Palestinian shepherds, killing one donkey and injuring two international activists who were accompanying the locals as their flocks grazed near the illegal Israeli settlement outpost Havot Ma'on in the southern West Bank on Saturday morning.

According to a report released by the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), who live in Hebron and At-Tuwani to monitor the tense situation and report on Human Rights abuses, a group of masked settlers came running at the shepherds and threw rocks at them.

CPT workers said settlers grabbed hold of two donkeys, seriously wounding one, and slitting the throat of another. As they tried to put a stop to the scene, settlers attacked the international workers with stones causing minor injuries.

The group said they called Israeli police four times before any response to the incident was taken.

Donkeys are a mainstay of the agricultural and herding activities of residents of the area, which is largely dependent on food aid already. The CPT estimated that replacing a donkey would cost the farmers about 265 US dollars.

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