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Israeli settlement security guards detain Palestinian shepherd

Jan. 17, 2016 1:40 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 17, 2016 5:15 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli civilian security guards from the illegal Israeli settlement of Efrat in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, detained a Palestinian shepherd on Sunday morning, locals said.

Local sources said the shepherd was identified as Salim Ahmad Ziyada, 20, from the southern Bethlehem village of Wadi Rahhal.

He was leading a herd of sheep near the settlement's fence on a hilly area on the outskirts of the Palestinian village of Artas with his cousin when he was detained, relatives told Ma’an.

Ziyada’s cousin, identified as Dirar, 18, said that two Efrat security guards arrived in a vehicle, handcuffed Ziyada and took him to an unknown location.

There are more than 500,000 Israelis living in settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The settlements are illegal under international law.
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