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Child among villagers injured by settlers

March 8, 2011 2:36 P.M. (Updated: March 8, 2011 6:29 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Activists with the International Solidarity Movement in the village of Qusra said that evening clashes with settlers Monday night had left 13 injured, including a child.

The group identified Ibrahim Hassan, 15, as the youngest victim, who doctors said sustained a bullet wound with an entry point at his back and exit through the kidney, which he would likely lose.

Hassan was shot by setters who villagers said were uprooting olive trees on local lands. Witnesses reported seeing villagers throw stones at the settlers in an attempt to frighten them off, but instead sparked the use of gunfire.

"A settler brought out his M-16 and started shooting at us," said local witness Raed Awdeh.

A second victim interviewed by the activist group, 25-year-old Qaher Oude, sustained a gunshot wound to his left leg, and bruises to his upper body, which he said were sustained when settlers beat him with sticks and stones.

He told the group that settlers used a large rock to crush his right leg.

"I had heard that people were injured, so I went there to help them and suddenly I got shot, the settlers came from nowhere," he told the activists.

Testimony gathered by ISM showed that the attack took place in waves, starting with four farmers who were injured by stones at 4:30 p.m. who called to relatives for help.

Witnesses told the activist group that by the time they arrived to assist, there were 50 settlers standing near the injured farmers all in view of the Israeli military.

"Some of the injured people reported they had been shot and beaten by soldiers and some by settlers," the report from the group said.

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