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Israel settlers stone Palestinian PM’s convoy

Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah attends the lighting of the Christmas tree on December 1, 2018 at the Manger Square near the Church of the Nativity, revered as the site of Jesus Christ's birth, in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem. [Prime Minister Office/Apaimages]
Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah attends the lighting of the Christmas tree on December 1, 2018 at the Manger Square near the Church of the Nativity, revered as the site of Jesus Christ's birth, in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem. [Prime Minister Office/Apaimages]

A group of Israeli settlers hurled stones at the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah after he left Midnight Mass on Christmas Day, Arab48 reported the Palestinian Authority saying yesterday.

Two of Hamdallah’s bodyguards were injured when the settlers attacked the fleet at 2am local time, the PA said.

The incident took place near the Tapuah junction (Za’atara), south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, where, in October, a large stone was hurled at a vehicle being driven by Yaqoub Al-Rabi. That rock went through the windshield and hit his wife Aisha in the head, killing the 47-year-old mother of eight.

It is not the first time Israeli settlers attack Hamdallah’s convoy.

Four years ago, Israeli occupation troops were forced to protect the Palestinian prime minister and his fleet from settlers who attacked it.

READ: Israel settlers call for Abbas’ assassination 

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