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Tensions rise in West Bank after settler violence

Reports say that dozens of masked settlers came to the cave-hamlet Khirbat al-Mufaqara, throwing stones at residents and breaking windows and cars.
WEst Bank

In an especially violent incident, dozens of masked Israeli settlers entered the small West Bank Palestinian shepherding camp Khirbat al-Mufaqara on Sept. 28. Reportedly, the settlers threw stones at the residents, smashed cars, damaged water tanks and injured at least twelve people, including a three-year-old boy. The injured toddler, Mohammad Bakr Hussein, was reportedly hit in the head by a stone hurled by an Israeli settler as he slept in his house. He was evacuated to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba in moderate condition.

Apparently, the incident took place after settlers attacked a Palestinian shepherd from the small village. Other Palestinians then arrived on the scene to push back the settlers, prompting the arrival of more settlers from nearby outposts. The Palestinian hamlet is located between two illegal Israeli West Bank outposts - Avigayil and Havat Maon. The settlers apparently came from these outposts.

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