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Israeli settlers kill Palestinian father, injure 30 others near Ramallah

Jan. 27, 2019 10:26 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 30, 2019 10:21 A.M.)
(Naasan with his four children)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers killed a Palestinian father and injured 30 others after they attempted to raid the al-Mughayyir village, east of the central occupied West Bank of Ramallah, on late Saturday.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed that Hamdi Saadeh Naasan, 38, a father of four children and a former prisoner, arrived to the hospital in critical condition, where he succumbed to his injuries shortly afterwards.

The ministry also confirmed that Israeli settlers shot Naasan with a live bullet in his back.

The ministry added that Israeli settlers injured 30 other Palestinians, of whom six were shot and injured with live ammunition in various parts of the body.

Local sources told Ma'an that violent clashes broke out among Israeli settlers, who were escorted under the heavy protection of Israeli forces, and Palestinians, to prevent settlers from entering al-Mughayyir village from its northern entrance.

Sources added that Israeli forces repeatedly fired live bullets, rubber-coated steel bullets, and stun grenades towards the Palestinians to disperse them.

Dozens of Palestinians from the nearby village of Khirbet Abu Falah village, arrived to al-Mughayyir to help its people to confront the Israeli settlers’ attack.
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Naasan with two of his children

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.

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

Only 1.9% of complaints submitted by Palestinians against Israeli settler attacks result in a conviction, the Israeli human rights group Yesh Din reported.

According to a report from Israeli NGO B'Tselem, "Israel both enables this reality by its deliberate lack of law enforcement and by sending soldiers to guard settlers who attack Palestinians and even help them and reaps its benefit. Under its policy, no house, no car, no field is safe, and settlers can do as they please without suffering any consequences. Living in constant fear of what is to come is an inherent part of daily life under the occupation."

Naasan's family mourning his death in the hospital
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