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Settlers attack PA health ministry vehicle with rocks

Jan. 14, 2014 6:21 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 19, 2014 10:39 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A group of settlers hurled rocks at a vehicle belonging to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health on Tuesday, an official said.

Wahid Shamasneh, central maintenance director at the ministry of health, said the incident occurred near the Palestinian village of al-Sawiya, near Nablus, as a group of seven ministry staff members were returning to Ramallah.

The vehicle's windows were smashed and several passengers suffered light injuries from broken glass, Shamasneh added.

PA Minister of Health Jawwad Awwad called the attack "barbaric and atrocious" and said it showed the "lowliness of occupation and its inhumane actions, which are rejected by all international agreements and principles."

Earlier, PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was stopped by Israeli forces while traveling north of Ramallah.

Israeli news site Ynet quoted an unnamed Israeli official as saying Hamdallah was pulled over due to "reckless driving."

The official also told Ynet that the Palestinian Authority premier "swore at one of the police officers calling him a 'dog' and said that he was standing in occupied territory."
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