Israeli settlers attack Palestinian children in Hebron

Published May 11th, 2015 - 06:00 GMT

A group of Zionist settlers have physically assaulted a Palestinian woman and her young children in the Old City of al-Khalil (Hebron) in southern West Bank.

The assault occurred on Saturday when the illegal settlers waged an attack on Palestinian homes in the Old City's Tel Rumeida neighborhood, Ma’an news agency reported citing an al-Khalil-based rights organization called Human Rights Defenders.

The report further quoted the group’s spokesman, Badee Dweik as saying that the Palestinian woman, Mirvat Abu Tuama, was walking home with her children Hazim, 10, Rahaf, 8, Lujayn, 5, and Liyan, 4, when a group of Israeli settlers chased and assaulted them.

According to Dweik, the attacking settlers also attacked the home of Yasser Abu Markhiyya in Tel Rumeida by hurling stones at it.

This is while another group of settlers attacked a Palestinian female teenager Madlin Abu Shamsiyya while she tried to film them as they were attacking the home of another area resident, Itidal Qiwar.

The latest attack by the Zionist settlers comes less than a week after another group of the Israeli occupiers harassed a delegation touring al-Khalil's Old City that included the head of the Palestinian National Union for Football, Jibril al-Rajoub, and South African politician and anti-racism activist, Tokyo Sexwale, the report added.

Nearly 700 settlers live in 80 homes in the center of al-Khalil, surrounded by nearly 200,000 Palestinians.

The settlements, illegal under international law, remain protected by the Israeli military forces in the tightly controlled city, where many streets are off limits to Palestinians. 

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