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Palestinian farmers clash with settlers in south Hebron hills

Jan. 6, 2014 12:56 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 7, 2014 9:39 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Four people were injured on Monday during clashes between Palestinian farmers and Israeli settlers in the south Hebron hills, locals said.

The clashes occurred after settlers attacked a group of farmers tending their land.

Ismail al-Adra said that ten settlers attacked him and several other farmers while they were on their way to tend their fields.

Locals told Ma'an that a Palestinian farmer and three settlers were injured during the brawl. One farmer, Sabir al-Adra, was hit in the face with a steel pipe.

Another farmer, Mousa al-Adra, was also attacked and injured, together with a foreign solidarity activist who was filming the settler attack.

Israeli forces arrived at the scene and detained a number of farmers, accusing them of attacking settlers.

An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed the clashes and said four people were injured, one Palestinian and three Israelis.

Two Palestinians and seven Israelis were detained and transferred to the custody of the Israeli police, she added.

There are several radical Jewish outposts in the south Hebron hills, with settlers regularly attacking local Palestinians with impunity.

Correction: An earlier version of this article quoted the Israeli army spokeswoman as saying that nine Palestinians were detained. The Israeli spokeswoman later told Ma'an that her initial reports were incorrect, and that in fact seven Israelis and two Palestinians had been detained.
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