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Israeli settlers repeatedly beat Palestinian shepherds in Hebron

Feb. 21, 2019 3:04 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 24, 2019 9:56 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian shepherds and prevented them from herding their flocks of sheep, on Thursday, in Tarami area, south of the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

According to local sources, Israeli settlers, under the heavy protection of Israeli forces, stormed an open field in the Tarami area and attacked two shepherds by repeatedly beating them.

Sources added that the two shepherds are from Mur family, noting they had suffered bruises and various cuts from the attack.

Sources stressed the increase of Israeli attacks against Palestinian residents and shepherds in southern Hebron, particularly in the Masafer Yatta area, where settlers prevent shepherds and farmers from reaching their lands and herding their livestock.

The Palestinian government has no jurisdiction over Israelis in the West Bank, and acts carried out by Israeli settlers often occur in the presence of Israeli military forces who rarely act to protect Palestinian residents.

According to a report by the Israeli rights group B'Tselem, "Settler violence and vandalism takes place with full backing by the Israeli authorities. Sometimes soldiers take part in the assault; at other times, they stand idly by. The police makes no substantial effort to investigate the incidents, nor takes measures to prevent them or stop them in real time."

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