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Hebron district subjected to attacks by Israeli settlers

Sept. 9, 2018 11:30 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 10, 2018 10:59 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian ambulance on Saturday evening, which was transporting a patient from the al-Shuhada street to a nearby hospital in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

According to local sources, Israeli settlers blocked the al-Shuhada street and closed it down, in order to prevent the ambulance from transporting the patient to a hospital.

Sources said that Israeli settlers continued by throwing rocks at the ambulance, which broke the rear glass window of the ambulance.

This attack came a few days after the Israeli authorities agreed to allow Palestinian ambulances to enter al-Shuhada street, without any prior notice, in the case of necessary transport of patients to hospitals.

Sources also confirmed that Israeli settlers under the heavy protection of Israeli forces, showered several Palestinian homes with rocks in the Hebron district and attacked a number of Palestinian shepherds in the same area.

Palestinian residents of the Old City of Hebron face a large Israeli military presence on a daily basis, with at least 32 permanent and partial checkpoints set up at the entrances of many streets.

Additionally, Palestinians are not allowed to drive on al-Shuhada street, have had their homes and shops on the street welded shut, and in some areas of the Old City, are not permitted to walk on certain roads.

Meanwhile, Israeli settlers move freely on the street, drive cars, and carry machine guns.

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

According to a report by the Israeli rights group B'Tselem, "Settler violence and vandalism takes place with full backing by the Israeli authorities. Sometimes soldiers take part in the assault; at other times, they stand idly by. The police makes no substantial effort to investigate the incidents, nor takes measures to prevent them or stop them in real time."

The video below shows damage to the ambulance, resulting from the Israeli settlers' attack:
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