Hebron (In Palestine Today)- Israeli settlers today attacked a Palestinian father and his son in Masafer Yatta in the south of the occupied West Bank.
Coordinator of the anti-wall and anti-settlements popular committees, Rateb Jabour, said that a group of armed settlers attack a number of Palestinians in Maghayer al-Abeed, northeast of Yatta, using sticks and stones and wounding a 55-year-old father and his 23-year-old son in the head and hand.
They were taken to a hospital in Hebron city for urgent medical treatment, as their injuries were reported to be serious.
Masafer Yatta, a collection of almost 19 hamlets that rely heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood. It is located in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli administrative and military control.
Home demolitions, confiscation of the most basic infrastructure and military training exercises are part of everyday reality in the area, forcing many to live in natural caves, as they vow to stay in Masafer Yatta no matter what the obstacles.
In many Palestinian communities located in Area C of the West Bank under full Israeli military control, Israeli-designated “firing zones” or “closed military zones” are forbidden for Palestinians to live on without permission from the Israeli occupation authorities, which is rarely granted.
There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.