Israeli forces 'arrest, beat' man in south Hebron hills
Published Tuesday 30/10/2012 (updated) 31/10/2012 21:42
Palestinian farmer pictured in the south Hebron hills.
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces arrested a man in the south Hebron hills on Monday after ordering villagers to stop construction work on a water cistern, an Italian peace group said.
Operation Dove said that Israeli forces entered al-Mufaqarah village on Monday evening and arrested a local man who refused to stop work on a village water cistern.
The man, identified as Said Raba, was beaten by soldiers and taken away, the group said. He was taken to Kiryat Arba police station and charged with aggression toward the soldiers.
While the soldiers and the policemen were holding him, kneeled and handcuffed, some 60 Palestinians from nearby villages rushed on the scene, according to the NGO.
The group said Raba's 21-year-old daughter was hospitalized after being struck by soldiers.
Palestinians later arrived on the scene and began rebuilding the damaged water tank, Operation Dove said.
Palestinian farmers living in the south Hebron hills complain of constant attacks by settlers living in formal settlements and a crop of illegal outposts in the area.
Israeli authorities have outlined plans to demolish and evacuate eight villages in the area to make space for a military training zone.