Settlers assault man, woman near Yatta
Published Friday 24/01/2014 (updated) 25/01/2014 17:13
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers early Friday assaulted a woman and a man from Khirbet Umm al-Khair east of Yatta in the southern West Bank.
The head of the local council of the nearby village of Susiya Jihad al-Nawaja told Ma'an that around 20 settlers attacked Bilal al-Hathaleen, 27, and Maliha al-Hathaleen, 57, while they were on their way to an agricultural area near their home.
They were beaten by the settlers and suffered multiple cuts as a result of the attack, he added.
The South Hebron Hills, known locally as Masafer Yatta, lie almost entirely in Area C, the 62 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli civil and security control since the 1993 Oslo Accords.
Around 3,000 Israeli settlers live in illegal Jewish-only settlements in the Yatta region, according to the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem.
The safety of these settlers is often given as an excuse for forced displacement of Palestinians who have lived in the area for generations.