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Settler vehicle hits Palestinian near Salfit

June 4, 2015 12:01 P.M. (Updated: June 4, 2015 4:31 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) – A young Palestinian man was hit by a vehicle driven by an Israeli settler near the central West Bank city of Salfit on Wednesday night.

Palestinian security sources said Ahmad Khayri Hzayyim Sultan, 22, was hit by the settler near the village of Haris northwest of Salfit. The young man was evacuated to the hospital where medics said he sustained moderate to minor bruises.

Israeli police have opened an investigation into the case.

Separately, Israeli settlers pelted Palestinian vehicles travelling near the illegal Maale Efrayim settlement south of Nablus.

Palestinian security sources said several vehicles were damaged and the windshield of a Palestinian local was smashed.

The lives of Palestinians residing in the West Bank are interrupted on a near daily basis due to presence of settlers who are often protected by Israeli military forces.

There are currently around 223 Israeli settlements -- including both government-sanctioned and unofficial settlement outposts-- located in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, where more than 550,000 Israeli settlers reside, according to rights group Al-Haq.

Between January and May of this year, a total of 152 assaults were carried out by settlers on Palestinian civilians, the group says, and included hit-and-run attacks, use of gunfire, kidnapping attempts, attacks against places of worship, and destruction of Palestinian property.

Settlements are considered illegal under international law, however their expansion is currently championed by the newly assembled far-right Israeli government.
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Jon / USA
Was the settler arrested or shot on sight for this terrorist attack?
Under the new laws, should not these people throwing rocks be sent to prison for up to 20 years. Oh, I forgot, they are settlers and above the law.
04/06/2015 16:24
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