Settlers stab Palestinian south of Hebron


March 21, 2011

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Following hospital treatment in Hebron, a 32-year-old from the south Hebron hills told Ma’an he was stabbed in the chest by settlers Monday, from the Ma’on settlement.

Speaking by phone from the hospital, Mahmoud Ibrahim Ali Awad, said he was treated for moderate stab wounds.

The day before, residents of the south Hebron hills village of At-Tuwani were reportedly harassed by settlers from the Havat Ma’on outpost, during a protest action overseen by Christian Peacemaker Teams observers.

According to a statement from CPT, residents went out to fields in the Humra valley to graze flocks, plant olive trees and gather herbs at 9 a.m., and were shortly thereafter observed by Israeli military jeeps, and later accosted by settlers who intimidated the locals.

“Settlers from the Havat Ma’on outpost, some of them masked, began to approach and provoke the Palestinians. They walked among their flocks and close to the women who were gathering herbs in the fields. At about 10:30, three young settlers chased a Palestinian man who was returning home with his donkey through Meshaha hill. Luckily, the Palestinian man was just scared by the settlers,” the CPT statement said.

“The soldiers tried to keep the settlers away, repeatedly asking them to return in the outpost. At around 10:50 an officer of the Border Police brought an evacuation order declaring the zone,” forcing both settlers and locals out of the area.

As the parties left the area, CPT observers said, some of the settlers “attacked the Palestinians and their flocks on their way back to the village, while others headed toward At-Tuwani masked and accompanied by dogs, threatening the house closest to the outpost.”

During the ensuing confrontation, the military detained two, while a third was transported to hospital with light injuries.

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