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Israeli settlers assault Palestinian farmers in Masafer Yatta

Dec. 19, 2018 4:25 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 20, 2018 2:42 P.M.)
Masafer Yatta (File)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers assaulted Palestinian farmers in the Masafer Yatta area of the southern West Bank district of Hebron, on Wednesday, and attempted to seize their lands.

Rateb al-Jbour, coordinator of the National and Popular Committee in southern Hebron said that Israeli settlers assaulted several Palestinian farmers in Masafer Yatta.

The assaulted farmers sustained multiple bruises across their bodies.

Israeli settlers also attempted to damage dunams of Palestinian lands planted with winter crops.

Around 3,000 Israeli settlers live in illegal Jewish-only settlements in the Yatta region, according to the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem.

The South Hebron Hills, known locally as Masafer Yatta, lie almost entirely in Area C, the 62 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli civil and security control since the 1993 Oslo Accords.

Masafer Yatta residents were expelled at the time of the establishment of a firing zone in the 1970s and were eventually allowed back following a long court battle, but are under the constant threat of being expelled or seeing their homes demolished.
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