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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian herder in Nablus

Aug. 23, 2018 9:42 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 23, 2018 2:42 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian sheep herder on Wednesday in the village of Madama, south of the northern West Bank district of Nablus.

Local sources told Ma'an that Israeli forces shot and injured the sheep herder, who was identified as Imad Ibrahim Ziadeh, with four rubber-coated steel bullets during clashes with Israeli forces.

Sources added that Ziadeh was immediately taken to the Rafidia Governmental Hospital near Nablus to receive medical treatment.

Ziadeh was reported to be in moderate condition.

Sources confirmed that prior to the clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian residents, about 20 Israeli settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Yitzhar, raided the Madama village and set fire to the agricultural area.

This incident was one of many recent attacks that have been occurring in the Nablus district, in which Israeli settlers, from the same illegal Israeli settlement of Yitzhar, attacked and injured a Palestinian father along with his two children, attacked a Palestinian home in attempt to set it on fire, punctured tires and damaged 40 vehicles, as well as burned down a Palestinian-owned excavator, and blocked several main Nablus-area roads used by Palestinian residents.

The Palestinian government has no jurisdiction over Israelis in the West Bank, and violent acts carried out by Israeli settlers often occur in the presence of Israeli military forces who rarely act to protect Palestinian residents.

The majority of settler attacks committed against Palestinians are met with impunity, with Israelis rarely facing consequences for such attacks.

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