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Israeli settlers assault Palestinian shepherds in Hebron

Jan. 12, 2019 3:22 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 13, 2019 10:39 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A group of Israeli settlers assaulted Palestinian shepherds in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, on Saturday afternoon.

Coordinator of a local popular committee, Fouad al-Umour, said that Israeli settlers assaulted a Palestinian shepherd at the entrance of Susiya, identifying him as Ahmad Khalid Najjar.

Meanwhile, Israeli settlers also assaulted a shepherd identified as Jabr Ibrahim Ali while herding his sheep near Khirbet Tuba in southern Hebron.

Al-Umour added that Israeli soldiers arrived to the area and demanded shepherds to herd their sheep elsewhere.

Another shepherd, identified by al-Umour as Nasr Nawajaa, was reportedly assaulted by a dog released at him by Israeli settlers in the Khirbet Umm al-Amad in southern Hebron; the dog bit his arm, causing him moderate injuries.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.

The Palestinian government has no jurisdiction over Israelis in the West Bank, and acts carried out by Israeli settlers often occur in the presence of Israeli military forces who rarely act to protect Palestinian residents.

Only 1.9 percent of complaints submitted by Palestinians against Israeli settler attacks result in a conviction.

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