Settlers Shoot, Injure Palestinian, Hurl Stones at Cars near Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, January 24, 2015 (WAFA) – A Palestinian youth was shot and injured on Saturday by an Israeli settler’s fire to the south of Bethlehem, while other settlers attacked passing Palestinian vehicles with rocks to the west, according to local and security sources.

A settler opened fire at 25-year-old Mohmmed Asa’ad while he was in his land near the village of Wadi Rahal, injuring him in the leg. The settler, in addition to two others, previously illegally took over an area of Asa’ad’s land and set up tents there.

Meanwhile, a number of settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Beitar Ilit, which is a part of the Gush Etzion settlement bloc,  hurled stones at Palestinian vehicles passing on the road linking the villages of Hussan and Nahlin to the west of Bethlehem, causing financial damage to  several cars.

To be noted, Settlers have recently escalated their unceasing attacks against Palestinians through numerous attempts to take over Palestinian-owned land; including the destruction of crops and the pumping of waste water into agricultural land, and other measures aiming to make it difficult for Palestinians to live there, thus forcing them out of their land for the benefit of settlements expansion.

Settlement activities are illegal under international law. From 1967 to late 2012, 125 Israeli settlements were established in the West Bank.