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Israeli Occupation Forces and Settlers Attack Palestinian Villages of
Asira and Madama Terrorizing and Injuring Residents as a Collective
Ahrar Al-Jalil Brigades claim
responsibility for knife attack of young settler precipitating day of
Date: 13 / 09 / 2008 Time: 10:07
Nablus – Ma’an –
The Ahrar Al-Jalil Brigades, an unknown and self-proclaimed militant
group based in Israel, claimed responsibility for the knife attack on a
9-year-old settler boy which sparked a series of Israeli army and
settler attacks on villages south of Nablus.
Following the alleged stabbing of an Israeli settler boy by a
Palestinian, Israeli settlers attacked two Palestinian villages,
injuring 10 Palestinians. Israeli troops invaded the areas south of
Nablus, saying they were looking for the Palestinian knifeman.
The events took place first in the unauthorized Israeli settlement of
Shalhevet near Yitzhar on Saturday morning, where reports say a
Palestinian man entered the area and stabbed a nine-year-old settler
boy, and set fire to his home. The sources said the boy sustained
The man was said to flee in the direction of the northern West bank
villages of Asira Al-Qibliya and Madama.
Israeli troops then entered the scene, according to an eyewitness,
saying they were trying to locate the Palestinian responsible for the
attack. They stormed the villages and imposed a curfew. Shortly after
Settlers arrived in the area and began attacking Palestinian homes.
Israeli soldiers opened fire randomly to protect the settlers.
Local sources told Ma'an that Israeli settlers attacked dozens of houses
in Asira Al-Qibliya one of which was severely damaged. The home is owned
by Qasim Salih, whose car was also destroyed by dozens rampaging
Settlers also stormed homes of Abdul-Basit Ahmad, Ibrahim Mikhlif,
Jamal, Yousif Dawood, Muhammad Dawood, Ahmad Dawood and Ahmad Abdullah.
As a result of the settler attacks ten Palestinians were injured.
Palestinian medical sources within the Palestinian Red Crescent
identified the Palestinian victims of the settler attacks as 17-year-old
Wafa Subih who sustained wounds in the left hand, 42-year-old Radi
Asayra who received a rubber-coated metal bullet in the jaw and
26-year-old Yasin Hussein who received a gunshot injury to his left
Violence continued into Saturday afternoon, and saw seven more
Palestinains injured, including 29-year-old Ibrahim Hamad, 20-year-old
Radi Tahir, 7-year-old Muhammad Dawood, 32-year-old Rasim Ahmad,
60-year-old Abdul-Fattah Ahmad, 25-year-old Ahmad Ahmad, and 26-year-old
Noor Addin Hasan.
All those injured were from Asira Al-Qibliya.
In the nearby village of Urif, head of the village council Abu Ammar
told Ma’an that dozens of Israeli settlers were surrounding the village
and closing the main road to Asira Al-Qibliya.
Ahrar Al-Jalil Brigades
Most recently, Ahrar Al-Jalil (Freedom for the Galilee) denied a claim
of responsibility for two roadside bombs that hit Israeli military Jeeps
near Gaza. This summer they claimed responsibility for the two bulldozer
attacks in Jerusalem, as well as a 12 July shooting incident where one
Israeli was injured near Lion’s gate in the Old City. In December the
group claimed a drive by shooting of an Israeli in the Golan Heights.
***Updated 1:48 Bethlehem time
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