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Israeli settlers attack, injure Palestinian shepherd in Jordan Valley

Feb. 12, 2019 4:46 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 13, 2019 3:40 P.M.)
(Barakat Daraghmeh following the Israeli settler attack)
TUBAS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian shepherd, as he was herding his flock of sheep in an open field in the al-Farisiya village, in the northern Jordan Valley, on Tuesday.

According to Aref Daraghmeh, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the area, said that Israeli settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Rotem, which was built on the lands of the residents of al-Farisiya village, chased Palestinian shepherds and attacked one of them.

Daraghmeh identified the attacked shepherd as Barakat Ali Daraghmeh, 35, and confirmed that he was transferred to a nearby hospital in Tubas to receive medical treatment.

In addition, locals told Ma'an that Israeli forces prevented ambulances, which belong to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), from reaching Barakat for an entire hour.

Daraghmeh added that as a result of the attack, Barakat suffered various bruises and cuts all over his body.

His medical condition was described as stable.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces detained two Palestinian shepherds from the same village. They were identified as Louay Zahdi Daraghmeh and Ali Kheiri Daraghmeh.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.

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.

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