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6 Palestinian villagers injured as armed settlers attack Beit Ummar
Published Friday 17/01/2014 (updated) 21/01/2014 11:41
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Israeli settlers in Beit Ummar on Friday. (MaanImages)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Six Palestinians, including a child, were injured in clashes that broke out after a group of Israeli settlers tried to raid Beit Ummar village near Hebron on Friday afternoon.

Spokesman for the local popular resistance committee Mohammad Awad Ayyad said that Israeli forces attacked a funeral procession in the village as dozens of settlers, some armed, gathered near the graveyard.

Settlers also attacked a restaurant in the area, smashed its windows and forced workers to close it down at gun point, Ayyad said.

He added that villagers arrived at the scene and scuffled with settlers, before Israeli forces intervened and fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at the Palestinian villagers.

Five people were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets fired by the Israeli forces, and a child was injured after the rear windshield of his mother's car was shattered by a stun grenade.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that around "200 Israeli civilians" had gathered in Beit Ummar but that "nothing out of the ordinary was happening," at that time, adding that later some Palestinians "hurled rocks."








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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
17/01/2014 22:51
Ho! The IDF makes a true statement. "...nothing out of the ordinary was happening..." Indeed. Jews running amok are becoming quite ordinary.

2 ) maisie / uk
18/01/2014 10:31
Bet there are a number of piecemakers who are deeply concerned.

3 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
18/01/2014 19:35
Colin - how in heck would you know what is happening? Beit Ummar is just down the road from me and the Arabs are the ones known for running amok just about daily - trying to put rocks through Jews' heads. Then again, as you yourself said - you don't speak hebrew or arabic, you've never been here, you live 8000 miles from here, but you're an expert on the daily situation on the ground. We are oh so not impressed with you.

4 ) Jihane / Palestine/France
18/01/2014 21:33
Brian Cohen: "Beit Ummar is just down the road from me...." So Brian is a settler in occupied Palestine.... not that the rest of Palestine isn't occupied but this occupation is even internationally recognized. And what foreign land did you come from, Brian ?

5 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
18/01/2014 23:08
The Maan article appears to have only 1/2 the story. Apparently Beit Umar residents had tried to kill a Jewish woman by hurling concrete blocks and metal bars at her car. The woman escaped with her life, and residents of nearby Karmei Tsur staged a protest against Palestinian violence. No mention of that in this article, nor of the numerous attacks by Beit Ummar residents against Israelis.

6 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
18/01/2014 23:15
Jihane - it's like me saying "Oh Jihane is in Frace - so Jihane must be a Jihadist trying to overthrow France and turn it into an Islamic state that will suppress women and non-Muslims". Is that you, Jihane? As for me pedigree, I'm one of those Jews whose family originates in the West Bank. Are you one of those Helen Thomas groupies who thinks that 2000 years ago Jews came from Poland and Russia? We don't, Jihane. Jews come from Palestine.

7 ) Brian Parks / Palestine
19/01/2014 11:10
Colin Wright- Pay no attention to Brian Cohen. He is flat out lying. I am also "just down the road." I am not Jewish. I am not Palestinian. And without a dog in this fight, I can honestly and objectively say that this kind of activity, followed by Israeli denials in the face of irrefutable proof is sadly common place.
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