Palestine: Israeli settlers injure 6-year-old Palestinian with stones

SHAFAQNA – Masked Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Ma’on, south of Hebron, threw stones at Palestinian children and injured a six-year-old child, Saturday. The child sustained a head injury and was taken to the nearest hospital for medical treatment, according to witnesses. An Israeli army spokeswoman did not have any immediate information, but told Ma’an News Agency that she was looking into the incident. The Hebron Defense Committee has reported that two masks settlers threw stones, on Saturday afternoon, at two children from Khirbet a-Tawil, southeast of Yatta town.

The Committee added that a child, identified as Sojoud ‘Awad, 6 years of age, was struck in the head, and one of her legs. Settlers routinely carry out acts of violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank but are rarely held accountable, as Israeli authorities are often complicit in the attacks on Palestinians, their property and their lands, according to Israeli human rights organization B’tselem. There were at least 329 incidents of settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in 2014, as reported by the UNOCH.

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