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Settlers strike 4-year-old Palestinian on the head with rocks

4-year-old Muhammad Hamamdeh [haifaa_k/PalestinianPic/Twitter]
4-year-old Muhammad Hamamdeh [haifaa_k/PalestinianPic/Twitter]

A four-year-old Palestinian suffered head injuries on Tuesday after illegal Israeli settlers threw rocks at Palestnians in the occupied South Hebron Hills.

Muhammad Hamamdeh was injured after being hit on the head with a stone which had been thrown by the settlers, he was transferred to the Soroka Medical Centre in Beersheba where he received treatment for a fractured skull.

Meretz Member of the Knesset Gaby Lasky condemned the incident, calling it the "worst incident of settler violence against Palestinians in years." She asked why occupation forces stationed at the scene had not intervened to stop the settler violence.

Lasky stated that those who do not "immediately arrest the settlers involved, lend a hand to hate crimes and violation of the rule of law."

A 12-year-old Palestinian was also seriously injured by Israeli fire on Tuesday in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

A ministry statement said the child from Al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, was hit by live bullets in the abdomen and rushed to the Arab Society Hospital in Bethlehem for treatment.

It remains unclear why the child was shot.

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