The United Nations calls on Israel to open an investigation into settler attacks in Hebron

The United Nations Office for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) has called on Israel, as the occupying power, to take all necessary measures to prevent settler attacks, protect Palestinians from such attacks and conduct effective, independent and impartial investigations immediately.

"People identified as settlers carried out at least six attacks on 22 and 23 November 2019, resulting in injuries among Palestinians in the H2 area of ​​Hebron, which coincided with the celebration," the UN office said in a press release to Wednesday. Jew known as the Feast of Sarah. "

He added that Israeli forces in the H2 area refrained from taking any measures on several occasions to prevent attacks and protect Palestinians.In one such attack, a group of approximately 50 settlers attacked eight members of the same family with batons and sprayed them with pepper spray on Wadi Al Hussein Street. A fierce attack broke a family member's arm, injured one of them in the head, and injured the other six as a result of pepper spray and various wounds.

He pointed out that near the same place, a 9-year-old child was kicked and sprayed with pepper spray by adult settlers, which necessitated transfer to the hospital, while the soldiers near the site of the two incidents did not intervene.

In another incident on November 23, a large number of settlers threw stones and bottles at a house in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood, injuring an infant in the head when a stone fell inside the house. The family was unable to evacuate the baby for more than 20 A minute later, when a group of six Palestinians carried the child to the nearby checkpoint 56, an ambulance was waiting, a group of settlers sprayed pepper spray.

The UN Office for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory confirmed that since the termination of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron on 31 January 2019, the frequency and intensity of settler attacks in the H2 area of ​​Hebron has increased significantly.

He stressed that Israel, as the occupying Power, had a legal obligation to ensure the safety of Palestinians and to protect them from settler attacks and, in the event of attacks, bore the obligation to ensure that those responsible were prosecuted and punished.


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