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Committee: Settlers assault shepherd near Hebron

July 15, 2013 9:47 A.M. (Updated: July 17, 2013 10:08 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A group of settlers assaulted a Palestinian shepherd in the south Hebron hills on Sunday, a local committee said.

Coordinator of the popular committee against settlements in Yatta, Rateb al-Jabour, told Ma'an that a group of settlers from the illegal outpost of Mitzpe Yair assaulted Omar Jibril Ahmad Hoshiya, 28, as he tended to his animals.

Hoshiya suffered several broken teeth and bruising all over his body and was transferred to a hospital in Yatta.

Al-Jabour condemned the attack, saying it is part of a strategy by settlers to take control of Palestinian land.

Settlers routinely attack Palestinians and their property in the occupied West Bank with impunity.

Annual figures compiled by Israeli rights group Yesh Din have repeatedly shown that nine out of 10 police investigations about settler crimes fail to lead to a prosecution.

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