Monday, August 27, 2012

Settlers attack elderly Palestinian

Maan News Agency

Published today (updated) 27/08/2012 20:15
Israeli soldiers patrol near Avigail outpost south of Hebron.
(MaanImages/Eleonora Vio, File)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A group of Israeli settlers on Monday attacked a Palestinian man from Khirbet Bir Al-Idd village, near Hebron, medics and the Israeli army said.

Eight residents of the illegal Mitzpe Yair attacked Ismail Ibrahim al-Adra, 65, and then fled the scene, locals told Ma'an.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said Israeli civilians threw rocks at al-Adra. She said Israeli soldiers provided medical treatment at the scene to the 65-year-old, and that soldiers were searching the area for suspects.

Red Crescent official Nasser Qabaja told Ma'an that Palestinian medics took al-Adra to Hebron Hospital, where he is being treated for moderate injuries.

Israeli forces and an Israeli ambulance arrived at the scene at the same time as Red Crescent medics, he added.

On Sunday, Israeli police arrested three Israeli settlers, aged 12 to 13, suspected of firebombing a Palestinian taxi near Hebron.

Four of the passengers wounded in the Aug. 16 attack were members of the same family, including two four-year-old children who suffered first degree burns.

PA official Ghassan Doughlas on Monday warned Palestinians to be cautious of Israeli settler attacks ahead of a court-ordered evacuation of an illegal outpost near Ramallah.

Migron residents have failed to comply with a High Court order to vacate the illegal outpost by Tuesday and may face forced evacuation by the Israeli army.

Extremist settlers have adopted what they call a "price tag" policy in which they attack Palestinians and their property in retaliation for Israeli government policies against settlements.

The evacuation of the Ulpana outpost of Beit El settlement led to a spate of violent "price tag" attacks, including arson attacks on several mosques.

Over 500,000 Israeli settlers live in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in Jewish-only communities which Palestinians say threaten the viability of a promised Palestinian state.