Settlers assault Hebron popular comittee official

Published yesterday (updated) 03/01/2011 15:00

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Settlers in Hebron beat a Popular Committee official on Sunday, leaving him unconscious, witnesses said.

Azmi Ash-Shuyukhi was transferred by ambulance to Hebron’s government hospital after he was beaten while leading a solidarity tour near Yatta, south of the West Bank city.

After regaining consciousness, Ash-Shuyukhi said 10 settlers punched and kicked him, leaving cuts and bruises all over his body.

Israeli soldiers were present and witnessed the attack but did not intervene, he added.

Ash-Shuyukhi is the secretary-general of the local popular committee.

Meanwhile, journalist Naser Ash-Shuyukhi said settlers punctured the tires of his car while he covered events in the area.

The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem describes attacks by settlers against Palestinians as “routine,” but says Israeli authorities “employ an undeclared policy of leniency and compromise toward Israeli civilians who harm Palestinians.” 

 

Maan News Agency: Settlers assault Hebron popular comittee official.

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