Union: Settlers, soldiers attack Palestinian journalists

April 20, 2011

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Three journalists were injured Tuesday when Israeli soldiers and settlers attacked them in the Burin village near the West Bank city of Nablus, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate said Wednesday.

Three photographers covering settler violence in the eastern neighborhood of Burin in Nablus city were attacked, the PJS and media watchdog MADA said in separate statements.

Ja’far Zahid Ashtiyeh of Agence France-Presse, Nasser Ishtayeh of The Associated Press, and Wagdy Mohammed Shtayyeh of the APA agency were attacked by stone-throwing settlers.

As they attempted to flee, Wajdi and Nasser were beaten by soldiers.

“We tried to stay away,” Ashtiyeh said, but soldiers “beat Nasser to the ground causing severe bruising and savagely beat Wagdy both with their arms and rifle butts, where he sustained a broken and bleeding nose.”

MADA condemned the attacks on journalists and the “continued crackdown on their work.”

The PJS, which represents Ma’an employees, said it would file a complaint with the International Federation of Journalists, the global organization of which the syndicate is the local affiliate.

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