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Israeli settlers assault Palestinian couple in Hebron City

July 29, 2018 10:03 A.M. (Updated: July 29, 2018 2:03 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian and his wife on Saturday during their return home in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

Imad Abu Shamsieh, Coordinator of the Human Rights Defenders, told Ma'an that the Palestinian, Samer Ghanem, and his wife were attacked on their way back home in the Tel Rumedia neighborhood.

He said that the Israeli settlers stormed the neighborhood and attacked the married couple with pepper spray, as well as threw an unknown substance on them.

He added that Ghanem and his wife were immediately transferred to a nearby hospital to receive medical treatment.

Palestinian residents of the Old City of Hebron face a large Israeli military presence on a daily basis, with at least 32 permanent and partial checkpoints set up at the entrances of many streets.

Additionally, Palestinians are not allowed to drive on al-Shuhada street, have had their homes and shops on the street welded shut, and in some areas of the Old City, are not permitted to walk on certain roads.

Meanwhile, Israeli settlers move freely on the street, drive cars, and carry machine guns.

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