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Israeli forces assault elderly Palestinian woman in Old City of Hebron

Feb. 4, 2017 12:58 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 5, 2017 7:43 P.M.)
Israeli soldiers escort Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank town of Hebron in April 2016. (Photo courtesy of Christian Peacemakers Team)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces reportedly assaulted an elderly woman, her son and grandson in the Old City of the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron late on Friday, according to Palestinian news agency Wafa.

Wafa quoted Palestinian security sources as saying that Israeli soldiers had broken into the home of Fatima Natsheh, 70, in the Old City, and proceeded to assault her and her son Hassan, 35, and grandson Falah, 23. The soldiers reportedly used the butt of their guns to hit them, causing injuries that necessitated treatment at the hospital.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an she would look into reports on the incident.

Mistreatment of Palestinians in the Hebron area has been common since the city was divided in 1997 under the Oslo agreements.

The majority of the city was placed under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority, while the Old City and surrounding areas were placed under Israeli military control, known as H2.

The area is home to 30,000 Palestinians and around 800 Israeli settlers who live under the protection of Israeli forces. Hebron residents frequently report attacks and harassment by the settlers, carried out in the presence of the forces.

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