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Attacks by Israeli settlers, clashes with soldiers around Hebron

Oct. 9, 2015 5:55 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 9, 2015 9:53 P.M.)
A Palestinian youth reacts during clashes with Israeli forces in Hebron on Oct. 4, 2015. (AFP/File)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Tensions flared Friday in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron and surrounding areas following two attempted attacks on Israelis in the Kiryat Arba settlement that left a Palestinian dead earlier in the day.

A group of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian homes in the al-Ras and al-Jaabari neighborhoods, throwing rocks and shouting slogans against Arabs and Palestinians, locals said.

In the neighboring city of Yatta, a group of Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian home earlier on Friday, smashing property around the home.

Naim Nasser al-Azazmeh said that the group attacked his home with rocks under the armed security of Israeli forces, destroying his water tanks, solar panels, a tent, and windows of the house.

The mayor of Yatta visited the area and condemned the settlers’ assault later in the day and said that he Yatta municipality would provide aid for the family.

Israeli settlers throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem have continued to carry out violent reprisals since two settlers were shot dead near Nablus on Oct. 1.

The attacks have left Palestinian locals on guard as the Palestinian Authority has no jurisdiction over the settlers and Israeli forces rarely intervene to protect Palestinians being attacked.

Hundreds of right-wing Israelis marched in Jerusalem on Thursday night shouting "Death to Arabs" and attempted to cross into Palestinian neighborhoods, according to Israeli media.

On Wednesday, around 70 settlers reportedly gathered in the Tal al-Rumeida neighborhood in the center of Hebron attempting to attack Palestinian homes.

Overnight Tuesday, dozens of Israeli settlers gathered near the main entrance to Majdal Bani Fadil south of Nablus and closed the main road, before local Palestinians clashed with the group and drove them off.

Clashes across Hebron

Meanwhile, clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli forces at the northern entrance of Hebron as well as the Bab al-Zawiya area and in Tareq Bin Ziad Street in the southern area of the city.

Hundreds of Palestinian youth threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli military checkpoints while Israeli soldiers responded with rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas bombs, witnesses said.

Several Palestinians suffered tear-gas inhalation and at least four Palestinian youths were hit with rubber-coated steel bullets, including a child who was hit in the head and evacuated to a hospital for treatment.

Medical sources said that Palestinian journalists Mamun Wazwaz and Amjad Shawer suffered from tear gas inhalation at the clashes and were given first aid at the scene.

In the town of Beit Ummar in northern Hebron, clashes between Israeli forces and local Palestinians left 17 injured in the afternoon, including three injured by live fire.

Muhammad Ayyad Awad, spokesperson of a local popular committee in the town, said that Ibrahim Ahmad Mustafa Awad, 29, was injured with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the head and was taken to hospital for treatment where his injury was reported as critical.

The youths hit by live fire were identified as Muhammad Khalid Issa Adi, 17, Hamzeh Samir Sadeq Abu Maria, 16, and Majd al-Alami, 15.

The three were taken to the Hebron Hospital for treatment.

The remaining were left with moderate to light injuries, Awad added.

Five youths were detained by Israeli forces during the clashes, Awad added, identifying the detainees as Anwar Imad Badr Ikhleil, 20, Muhammad Jamal Jamil Alqam, 14, Muhannad Brigith Muhammad Brighith, 16, Muhammad Sidqi Muhammad Ikhleil, 17, and Mahdi Ibrahim Abd al-Hamid Abu Maria, 11.

Later in the day, five Palestinians were also lightly injured with rubber-coated steel bullets in ongoing clashes in the town.

Awad said that Israeli soldiers were stationed at the homes of Mahmoud and Ibrahim Salih Abu Ayyash, as well as the house of Ahmad Mahmoud Awwad, where they fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at protesters. They also fired tear gas and stun grenades at Zahrat al-Madaen school yard, he added

In the western area of Hebron, locals said that a group of youth attacked the military checkpoint set up at the entrance of the town with rocks and empty bottles.

Clashes also erupted at the Zeif area in southern Hebron where Palestinian youths threw rocks at Israeli soldiers who shot back rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas bombs.

The clashes came as hundreds reportedly took part in a march called for by the Hamas movement in support of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the city.

After clashes continued throughout Hebron district into the evening Friday, the Palestinian Red Crescent said two Palestinians were injured with live bullets, and 16 with rubber-coated steel bullets.

Six demonstrators were beaten by Israeli forces and 60 suffered from tear gas inhalation during ongoing clashes.

Clashes broke out at the northern entrance of Hebron after hundreds of Palestinian youths had marched towards the military checkpoint between Hebron and Halhul.

Clashes also broke out at Jabal al-Rahma area, after Palestinians threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli forces who fired rubber-bullets and tear gas.

Locals said Israeli forces detained a youth after beating him and dragging him toward a checkpoint.

Youths also threw Molotov cocktails at the checkpoint at the entrance of al-Shuhada street in Hebron.

Eight teenagers were also injured by rubber-coated steel bullets in clashes in al-Fawwar Refugee Camp south of Hebron .

Locals said Israeli forces raided the camp during the clashes and fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets, causing several residents to suffer from tear gas inhalation in their homes.

Clashes also broke out in al-Kasara area in southern Hebron, at the Kharsa junction south of Dura, and in the Zeef area north of Yatta.

Over 100 Palestinians were injured in clashes with across the West Bank Friday, adding to the over 900 Palestinians who have been injured by Israeli forces over the past week.

Naim Nasser al-Azazmeh stands in front of his home in Yatta after being attacked by Israeli settlers on Oct. 9, 2015. (MaanImages)
Mitri I. Mulseh / Canada
When are world leaders going to get it, occupation and slavery are something of the past. Wake up world leaders and smell the roses, the world is changing.
09/10/2015 18:21
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