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Video: Israeli soldier hits Palestinian child in Hebron

Aug. 4, 2013 12:57 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 6, 2013 5:39 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli soldier assaulted a Palestinian child in Hebron on Saturday, a local group said.

Youth Against Settlements uploaded a video on YouTube documenting an incident in the Israeli settlement of Tel Rumeida, situated in the heart of the Palestinian city of Hebron.

An Israeli soldier can be seen slapping and kicking a young boy, before chasing another young child. The video was filmed by ISM, Hebron.

Youth Against Settlements said that this kind of violence by Israeli soldiers is a daily occurrence.

A 1997 agreement split Hebron into areas of Palestinian and Israeli control.

The Israeli military-controlled H2 zone includes the ancient Old City, home of the revered Ibrahimi Mosque -- also split into a synagogue referred to as the Tomb of the Patriarchs -- and the once thriving Shuhada street, now just shuttered shops fronts and closed home

Around 800 Jewish settlers live in Hebron's Old City, among 30,000 Palestinians in the parts of the city that are under Israeli control.

Settler violence against Palestinians in Hebron is routine, with Israeli soldiers rarely intervening to prevent attacks.

Israel's military is often involved in arbitrary assaults on Palestinians in the city, locals say.

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