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Settlers attack families of Palestinian prisoners

February 17, 2014 at 1:49 am

Israeli settlers have attacked a Red Cross bus carrying relatives of Palestinian prisoners from Bethlehem being held in Israel’s jails.

The bus was attacked by the settlers in Beit Amer to the north of Hebron, the director of the Prisoners’ Association, Abdul-Fattah Khalil, said: “The settlers threw stones at the bus and damaged its windows and windscreen.”

Despite the Red Cross logo being displayed prominently on the buses, Khalil said that Israeli settlers always attack them in any case. “A mother of a prisoner was hurt in a similar attack last month,” he pointed out.

Meanwhile, a group of settlers attacked Palestinians in the village of Shaqbeh to the west of Ramallah; a Palestinian-owned car was set on fire. The owners said that they were helpless to prevent the attack by the settlers, who are always heavily-armed.

The settlers also wrote racist slogans on the walls of the shops in the area, including the infamous “price tag”. They also wrote, “We are coming again”, in defiance of the Arab residents and authorities of the village.

Witnesses said that an Israeli army unit went to the village on Wednesday morning and summonsed a number of villagers as part of their investigations.