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Israeli settler violently assaults Palestinian near Yatta

March 14, 2015 1:58 P.M. (Updated: March 17, 2015 2:25 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian was assaulted by an Israeli settler east of Yatta in the Hebron governate late Friday, sustaining bruises on his head and across his body.

Popular resistance activists said that Hani Badawi al-Dababseh, 24, was assaulted by an Israeli settler from the illegal Mitzpe Yair settlement using a sharp object.

The sources added that al-Dababseh was taken to a medical center for treatment.

The Israeli forces arrived to the area and took al-Dababseh's statement regarding his assault, however an Israeli army spokeswoman did not have immediate information on the incident.

Israeli forces reportedly arrived in the area and took al-Dababseh's statement regarding his assault. However, an Israeli army spokeswoman contacted by Ma'an did not have immediate information on the incident.

Israeli settlers routinely carry out acts of violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, but are rarely held accountable and often never tried in court, according to Israeli human rights organization B'tselem.

There were at least 329 incidents of settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in 2014, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Mitzpe Yair, home of al-Dababseh's attacker, is one of four Israeli-sanctioned settlements in the South Hebron Hills and is considered illegal by the international community.

Palestinian residents face adverse effects from the nearly 3,000 Israeli settlers living in the area, often including physical violence.

While the settlements in the South Hebron Hills are supplied electricity by Israel, in addition to six Israeli outposts, Palestinian villages have been refused access to the power lines that criss-cross their land, and the army has torn down at least three attempts to connect to the Palestinian Authority supply.

Palestinian villages in the area have faced continual threat of demolition or displacement due to Israeli policy in the area.
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