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Settlers harass, stone Hebron residents

June 16, 2011 9:54 A.M. (Updated: June 16, 2011 4:46 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israeli settlers threw stones on homes in the area of the closed down Ash-Shuhada Street on Tuesday night, terrorizing families in the neighborhood.

The street, closed by military order in the 1990s, is a local flashpoint, divided in the center with half designated by the military for exclusively settler use, and the other section for Palestinians. Shops and businesses along the road were forced closed, their doors welded shut.

Mufeed Ash-Sharabati, an Ash-Shuhada street resident, said 100 settlers protected the soldiers advanced toward his home, as well as the homes of Abed Ar-Rahman Ragheb As-Salymah, Idris Zahdeah and Ali An-Nather, some of the few families who have remained in the area who have not been forced out by eviction, or harassed into moving for the safety of children.

"Ever since we started campaigning to have Ash-Shuhada street opened, there has been more settler harassment," Ash-Sharbati said, noting that on Tuesday afternoon Israeli settlers working to claim large swaths of the Palestinian city had harassed workers carrying out renovations on his home, throwing stones as soldiers escorting them through the area looked on.

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