AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– A group of Israeli extremist settlers brutally attacked Tuesday morning a Palestinian young man while passing near Kiryat Arba settlement, illegally built east of al-Khalil. The 21-year-old Mohamed Hadad was severely beaten and brutally attacked by a number of settlers for unknown reasons. Also in al-Khalil, Israeli forces arrested two brothers while passing near the Ibrahimi Mosque. A third young man was later arrested in the city, while a number of make-shift checkpoints were erected at the entrances to the neighboring towns and villages. Several Palestinian vehicles were stopped and searched at the checkpoints. While relations between Palestinian residents and Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank are normally tense, the situation has been significantly deteriorating since settlers set fire to a home belonging to the Dawabsheh family in Nablus on July 31, 2015. An 18-month-old toddler was burned alive during the attack, while his mother and father succumbed to their burn wounds later on while being treated at separate hospitals. The family’s four-year-old son is the only remaining survivor of the attack.
(Source / 02.02.2016)