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Israeli settlers assault, injure elderly Palestinian shepherd

Dec. 26, 2018 5:00 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 29, 2018 4:00 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers assaulted a Palestinian elderly shepherd in the Burqa village, in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, on Wednesday, injuring him in the head.

A Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, Ghassan Daghlas, reported that a number of Israeli settlers attacked an elderly Palestinian shepherd, identified as Mufid Abu Hussein, 70, as he was herding his sheep in Burqa, near the illegal Israeli settlement of Homesh.

Abu Hussein was injured in the head and transferred to a hospital for treatment, after he was found unconscious.

An upwards of some 600,000 Israeli settlers reside in occupied Palestinian territory in violation of international law. The international community has repeatedly called their presence and rising population the main impediment to potential peace in the region.

Palestinian activists and rights groups have long accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israeli settlers and soldiers committing violent acts against Palestinians.

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