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Medics: Settler shot pregnant Hebron teen

Jan. 15, 2011 6:19 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 16, 2011 2:50 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A settler shot a pregnant 16-year-old girl twice in the foot on Saturday near an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank city of Hebron, medics said.

Summer Rabi Jaber, six months pregnant, was transferred to the Hebron Government Hospital with two bullet wounds in her foot. Doctors said she was referred to the Al-Mizan Hospital, which would be better able to monitor the effect of the incident on the fetus.

Jaber is from the Al-Baq'a area east of Hebron, and according to medics was shot by a resident of the illegal Kiryat Ar'ba settlement.

An Israeli newspaper reported Friday that the Israeli army would collect weapons from settlers in the West Bank, due to the "prevailing calm" and out of fear they would be used against Palestinians.

The Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot said the military directive had already been passed on to security officers in settlements in and around Hebron.

According to the report, the improved security situation in the West Bank and the growing number of thefts of weapons contributed to the decision.

But it was also taken over concerns about settlers taking the law into their own hands and shooting any Palestinians they perceive as a threat, the paper said, without citing a source.

AFP contributed to this report
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