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Settlers attack 2 Palestinian girls in Jerusalem

Sept. 28, 2013 2:54 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 30, 2013 11:56 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Settlers attacked two teenage Palestinian girls in the Old City of Jerusalem on Saturday, locals said.

Abu Yousef Abu Irmeleh told Ma'an that three settlers attacked his daughter, Thikra Ahmad Abu Irmeleh, 13, and his niece, Ghada Mahmoud Abu Irmeleh, whose age was not given.

He said that the two girls were passing through the Jewish Quarter of the Old City when they were punched in the face.

Abu Irmeleh filed a complaint to the Israeli police, who subsequently began an investigation. The attack was caught on camera.

Another witness, Abu Jamal said that he saw the two girls near the Chain Gate crying and visibly frightened. He asked them why they were crying and they said that they had been attacked by settlers.

Another witness, Abu Yousef, said that Palestinians are attacked on a daily basis by Israeli settlers while passing through the Jewish quarter.

These attacks take many forms, including verbal assaults, throwing of garbage, or physical attacks.

Jerusalem's Old City sits in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian territories.

It has been under Israeli occupation since 1967, and Israel unilaterally annexed East Jerusalem in 1980. Approximately 200,000 Israeli settlers reside in the area in contravention of international law.
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