Attack by Israeli settlers leaves 3 Palestinians, including a child, injured

Ahram Online , Tuesday 27 Jun 2023

Three Palestinian shepherds, including a child, were injured today in an attack by Israeli settlers northwest of the ancient city of Jericho, in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian News Agency WAFA reported.

 Palestinian shepherds
Israeli settlers attacking Palestinian shepherds in the occupied West Bank. Photo courtesy of he Palestinian News Agency WAFA official website.


Settlers chased the shepherds while they were grazing their sheep in al-Mleihat community, threatened them at gunpoint, and forced them to leave the pastures, Hasan Mleihat, an activist with the Bedouin community said.

He said two men and a 10-year-old child were injured in the attack.

Settlers regularly attack shepherds in the pastures and force them to leave the area.

The incident came amid a wave of Israeli attacks on Palestinian villages in the West Bank over the last week.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, approximately 200 Israeli settlers, some armed and under the protection of the Israeli army, carried out a brutal attack on the Palestinian village of Turmus Ayya in the central West Bank, murdering one Palestinian and wounding dozens of others. They also burned 30 houses, 60 cars and dozens of olive trees.

Later, the extremist Israeli settlers stormed a mosque in Urif, vandalized the building and to ripped pages out of the Quran before discarding it in the street. Settlers also set fire to a school and attempted to burn down houses.

UN estimates indicate that about 700,000 illegal settlers are living in 164 settlements and 116 outposts in the occupied West Bank and occupied Jerusalem.

Under international law, all Israeli settlements in the occupied territories are considered illegal.

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