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Settlers attack children in Hebron

by Team Khalil

13 December 2012 | International Solidarity Movement, West Bank

After school on the 13th of December in Al Khalil (Hebron) two children were attacked by a group of settlers. Younes Azzeh, age nine, and his sister Raghad Azzeh, age fourteen, were attacked by three male settlers that are speculated to be between seventeen and nineteen years old. Younes was kicked in the shins, thighs and generally roughed up as Raghad was accosted by a hurled stone hitting her lower back.

The attacks ensued as the children were walking home after school at around one o’clock in the afternoon. Their families’ house is next door to the Ramat Yeshay settlement which has historically caused numerous problems for Hashem Azzeh’s family, who is the father of the children.

The Azzeh family is of the few Palestinians allowed to walk on the road close to where the incident took place besides Zionists. The incident took place around checkpoint 57 in Tel Rumeida, this means that Israeli soldiers were nearby while the aggression took place.

Hashem has been under house arrest, his extended and immediate family have regularly received abuse and is under constant threat of settlers or soldiers intruding on their property and/or well being.


Illegal outpost with settlers above Hashem Azzeh’s house. Photo taken in October 2012 during olive picking in Hashem’s garden. Credit: Ryan Rodrick Beiler


Team Khalil is a group of volunteers of International Solidarity Movement based in Hebron (al Khalil)