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Medics: Palestinian hurt by settler gunfire
Published Saturday 24/03/2012 (updated) 25/03/2012 19:59
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Palestinian demonstrators run as Israeli forces fire tear gas during
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man was shot and injured Saturday during clashes with Israeli settlers who attacked his village in the central West Bank, medical officials said.

Hassan Muatan, 40, was shot in the abdomen after armed settlers stormed the Burqa village east of Ramallah and attempted to vandalize property, witnesses said.

Muatan was evacuated to the Palestine Medical Compound. His wounds were described as moderate.

According to residents of the village, locals confronted the settlers who then opened fire. Security forces also intervened and themselves fired at the villagers, they said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the army was aware of the incident but uninvolved.

Settler violence is on the rise. In 2011, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that settler attacks had increased by 50 percent over the previous year.

In a separate development Saturday, settlers uprooted about 85 olive trees in the Bethlehem village of al-Khader, the local anti-wall committee reported.

In 2011, around 10,000 Palestinian-owned trees were destroyed by settlers, OCHA says.
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1 ) ian / australia
24/03/2012 14:30
The new UNHRC investigation...you know, the "biased", "hypocritical" one created by the UN's "automatic majority against Israel" can start off with this latest sickening settler/IDF joint effort!

2 ) Mel / USA
24/03/2012 15:03
Now Obama,imagine U had 500,000 ILLEGAL CANADIAN SETTLERS on US SOIL squatting,in makeshift ghettoes,on agricultural/aquifer-rich US land shooting at AMERICAN civilians/citizens? Would U expect US landowners to take it? Or RESIST? Under international/domestic law,which considers all occupying foreign belligerents(Zionist colonists included)to be ILLEGAL,& CRIMINALLY LIABLE under US/international law.The global consensus(UNGA),ICJ &UNHRC all identify Israeli settlers as ILLEGAL. NO EXCEPTIONS!

3 ) Robert / US
24/03/2012 18:16
Settlers are TERRORIST. Go to youtube and type in ILLEGAL SEETLEMENTS in the search box see what you come up with..

4 ) The Seeds & Fruit / Of Terror
24/03/2012 19:42
For 70 years Arabs have planted the seeds of terror, and every Jewish village needed a security fence around it, so that we would NOT enter and murder them, and NOW we need to consider putting security fences around our villages, and we deserve to harvest the fruits of our terror attacks !!!

5 ) betz55 / USA
25/03/2012 01:46
#4 - your post was full of typos - this is probably what you meant: For 70 years Israelis have planted the seeds of terror, and every Palestinians village needed a security fence around it, so that the Jews would NOT enter and murder them, and NOW they need to consider putting security fences around their villages, and the Israeli Jews deserve to harvest the fruits of their own illegal settler terrorist squat attacks !!! To #4-go back behind the Green Line where you belong, get out of the WB!

6 ) habeeb / palestine
27/03/2012 18:56
SALUTE beltz5/USA you verified the truth brilliantly................
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