A Palestinian teenager has been seriously injured after an Israeli settler ran him over in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.
“Ays Mahmoud Houshiyeh, 16, from the city of Hebron [al-Khalil] was run over by an Israeli settler while he was walking down the city’s main street” on Friday, Ibrahim Abu Zara, governor of al-Khalil’s Yatta municipality, told Anadolu news agency.
Palestinians in the West Bank are the target of frequent attacks by Israeli settlers.
In recent years, Israeli settlers have been frequently caught on camera vandalizing Palestinian farms in the West Bank and stealing their olive harvest.
Palestinians say the thefts and vandalism occur mainly on Palestinian land near settlements that they can only reach by coordinating ahead of time with the Israeli military.
Most of the attacks carried out by Israeli settlers against Palestinians and their property are met with impunity, with those guilty rarely facing consequences for such actions.
Rights groups, including Yesh Din and B’Tselem, have on several occasions slammed the regime in Tel Aviv for failing to protect Palestinians from settler violence or investigate attacks.
Israel occupied the entire West Bank, including East Jerusalem al-Quds, during full-frontal military operations in 1967.
Following the 1967 war, the law was applied to East al-Quds to enable Tel Aviv to confiscate homes of the Palestinians who are not “absent” or “missing” but live in so-called adversarial territories.