Israeli soldiers and illegal Jewish settlers attacked residents of a Palestinian herding community in the southern West Bank on Monday evening, Anadolu news agency reported.
One of the Palestinians needed medical treatment after inhaling tear gas fired by the soldiers, Anadolu added.
According to Fuad Al-Amour, the coordinator of the Protection and Resilience Committee in the south of Hebron (Al-Khalil), two Jewish settlers sent a flock of sheep onto the land owned by the community in Al-Jawaya, east of Yatta town.
Israeli occupation forces have violently assaulted Palestinian journalists while covering the constant attack of Israeli settlers against Palestinians at the entrance to Al-Lubban Al-Sharqiya village, south of Nablus, this morning. pic.twitter.com/BJriTiaBN6
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When the residents tried to remove the sheep, Israeli soldiers fired tear gas at them. The Palestinian who suffered breathing difficulties as a result of the tear gas was treated by a medical team at the scene.
At least five settlers from illegal settlement outposts in the area have received support from settler associations to establish farms protected and supported by the army.
Palestinians don’t only see those that continue to betray justice and ally with Israeli settlers and their militia. We also see all the brave voices, the mobilization, the exchange in support and mechanisms of resistance. We see all the good too.
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“The settler shepherds are exploiting private land that the Israeli army classifies as ‘state-owned land’, estimated at thousands of acres,” Al-Amour pointed out. “Palestinians are prevented from entering it.”
A report issued by the PLO’s National Office for the Defence of Land last October revealed that Israel threatens more than 3,000 Palestinians who live on around 38,500 dunams of land in small communities to the south and east of Hebron.
Settler violence has increased in the occupied West Bank recently. The Palestinians accuse the Israeli authorities of condoning settlers’ attacks.