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Palestinian local rescues, shelters US tourists attacked in Hebron

Sept. 3, 2015 9:11 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 4, 2015 5:01 P.M.)
Palestinians throw stones at Israeli forces in the Old City of Hebron on March 1, 2013. (AFP/Marco Longari, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Five US tourists who mistakenly entered an area of Hebron in the occupied West Bank and were attacked by Palestinians were given refuge in the home of a local man.

Fayez Abu Hamdiyeh told Ma'an that he saw what he believed to be five Israeli settlers running away from a group of Palestinians in the Mt. Jowhar area in Hebron, when he let them into his home in order to protect them.

According to Israeli media, the tourists, who were all Yeshiva students, came under attack in Hebron while on their way to a religious site in the city, known by Jews as Tomb of the Patriarchs, and revered as the Ibrahimi Mosque by Muslims.

The five told Abu Hamdiyeh that they had entered the area by accident before their car was torched and stones were thrown at them, leaving two lightly injured, he said.

Abu Hamdiyeh then called the police from one of their phones, who arrived at the scene and took them from his home.

Israeli forces then raided the area and clashes broke out before the forces fired tear gas, rubber coated bullets, and stun grenades at Palestinian youths.

No injuries were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that the tourists had "accidentally entered Hebron" in their private vehicle, when Palestinian residents threw rocks and a Molotov cocktail at the car.

The city of Hebron is divided by Israeli authorities into a complex web of Palestinian and Israeli-controlled areas through which Israeli settlers and non-Palestinians can easily pass, but local residents face heavy restrictions.

Today around 700 settlers -- protected by thousands of Israeli forces -- live in 80 homes in the city's flash-point Old City, many of whom have illegally occupied Palestinian homes and continue to remove the area's inhabitants.

Comments
A.K. / Gemany
Thanks to the Palestinian family Abu Hamdiyeh in Jebel Jowhar (Al-Khalil - Hebron)
for preventing violence to spread further, in the midst of so much structural violence, full of anger and under occupation.
These "tourists" used the occupation infrastructure to reach a holy shrine which is occupied as well. Such a courageous act needs a a strong awareness of humanity.
Shukran to the Abu Hamdiyeh family!
04/09/2015 13:09
Tibi / Tubas
Unfortunately, there are far more Palestinian terrorists,
who spill innocent blood, than who protect innocent lives,
probably because Palestinians fear their own terrorists too.
04/09/2015 17:16
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