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Israeli settlers injure Palestinian child, attack homes in Hebron

Jan. 26, 2019 9:53 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 30, 2019 10:17 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A group of Israeli settlers attacked and injured Palestinians near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City, in the southern occupied West Bank, on Friday night.

According to local sources, a group of Israeli settlers from the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement attacked Palestinians home near the Ibrahimi Mosque and injured a Palestinian father and his 10-year-old by rock throwing.

Sources identified the Palestinian man as Hisham Saifan, 48, and his child as Muhammad, 10.

Both the father and his child suffered a number of bruises.

Saifan confirmed that Israeli settlers from the Kiryat Arba settlement attacked his home, in attempt to force him to leave, as part of a plan to take over the home and the entire street to easily reach the Ibrahimi Mosque in the heart of Hebron’s Old City.

The mosque, believed to be the burial place of the prophet Abraham, is sacred to both Muslims and Jews and has been the site of oft-violent tensions for decades.

The holy site was split into a synagogue -- known to Jews as the Cave of Patriarchs -- and a mosque after US-born Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein massacred 29 Palestinians inside the mosque in 1994.

Since the split, Muslim worshipers have been denied access to the site during Jewish holidays and vice versa in effort to prevent violence from erupting at the holy site.

Located in the center of Hebron -- one of the largest cities in the occupied West Bank -- the Old City was also divided into Palestinian and Israeli-controlled areas at the time, known as H1 and H2.

Some 800 notoriously aggressive settlers now live under the protection of the Israeli military in the Old City, surrounded by more than 30,000 Palestinians.

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