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Three injured and several tires slashed by Hebron settlers; one Israeli arrested

Nov. 29, 2008 5:12 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 29, 2008 5:12 P.M.)
Hebron - Ma'an - Three Palestinians were injured and one settler arrested after a large group of right-wing Israelis attacked Palestinian civilians in the streets in the Wadi Al-Hussein area adjacent to an illegal Israeli settlement in Hebron on Saturday, eyewitnesses reported.

Attacks against Palestinians and their property continued Saturday night with rock throwing and tire slashing.

The settlement building, "Beit Hashalom," is located in near the old city of hebron. Settlers claim the structure was purchased from a Palestinian family for 700,000 US dollars in 2007, and have been using the facility as a residential, religious and educational site ever since.

Last week the building was ordered evacuated while the High Court in Israel determined who in fact owns the structure. Palestinians brought the case in front of the court earlier this year.

The High Court decision has sparked several waves of violence in the area.

One man, 60-year-old As'ad Al-Ja'bari, sustained injuries to the head, and told Ma'an that Palestinians "were attacked by hundreds of settlers who hurled stones on us and on our homes."

He added that Issa Amer, who works as a field researcher for Israeli human rights organization B'tslem, was also injured in addition to a third resident. Several homes were damaged, according to Al-Ja'bari.

Local sources said "Israeli soldiers joined the settlers in the attack by firing aimlessly," hoping to "intimidate the residents."

According to the Israeli press police arrested a right-wing activist involved in the violence.

***Updated 14:52 Bethlehem time
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