Palestinian shot in clash with Israeli settlers in the West bank

Palestinian shot in clash with Israeli settlers in the West bank

Ramallah : Palestine | Mar 24, 2012 at 6:21 AM PDT
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A Palestinian man in his 40s, Hassan Muatan, was shot during a clash with dozens of Israeli settlers in the village of Burka near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. Security sources claimed the settlers attacked a Palestinian family working on a farm, and lightly injured one Palestinian.

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. Israeli soldiers also intervened and themselves began firing at the villagers and forced the settlers to leave the area.

An Israeli military spokeswoman told AFP she was not immediately able to provide details about the reported incident.

About 500,000 Israelis and 2.5 million Palestinians live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in a 1967 war.

Settler violence is on the rise. In 2011, the U.N. 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.

Yesterday,the South African and Portuguese ambassadors to PA were reportedly attacked with tear gas grenades by Israeli soldiers during their participation in Kafr Qaddum march near Qalqiliya city on Friday afternoon.

The two ambassadors suffocated after inhaling tear gas smoke and received immediate medical treatment as the soldiers were intensifying their attacks on other protestors.

Moreover, three women sustained bruises after Israeli soldiers assaulted them in a weekly demonstration in al-Masara village, Bethlehem, the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements said.

The demonstration began at a cultural center in the village, before heading towards Israel's separation wall.

In Nabi Saleh, European ambassadors, senior officials along with Palestinian lawmakers gathered in the village for the weekly protest, which was also dedicated to hunger striking detainee Hana Shalabi, as well as other Palestinians in Israeli jails.

Meanwhile, PLO official Saeb Erekat praised a decision by the U.N. Human Rights Council to launch an international investigation into Israeli settlements.

Erekat said the decision was a victory for international law and called on the Israeli government to stop all settlement activity in order to give the peace process a chance.

A 47-member forum adopted the resolution to launch a probe by a vote of 36 states in favor, including China and Russia, with one against (the United States).

Ten abstained, including European Union members Italy and Spain.

In related news, The Palestinian Forum in Britain called for a demonstration outside the Israeli embassy in London next Friday, 30 March, to mark land day and as part of the activities of the Global March to Jerusalem. The rally is organised by the Palestinian Forum in Britain, the Association of the Palestinian Community in the UK, the Muslim Association of Britain, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, Islamic Forum of Europe, British Muslim Initiative, Viva Palestina and Friends of Al-Aqsa, PIC news reported.

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