Palestinian Shepherd Suffers Head Wound in Attack by Israelis in West Bank

Israeli troops who arrived on the scene fired in the air, dispersing the assailants; no arrests have been made

Mamoun Nassar, a Palestinian shepherd attack by Israelis in the West Bank, May 27, 2017.
Zakaria Sada

Some 20 Israelis, apparently from the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar, attacked a Palestinian shepherd on Saturday. The attackers threw stones at the man, a resident of the Palestinian village of Madama. Soldiers who arrived on the scene gave him medical assistance and called the police.

Human rights activists in the area identified the injured man, who suffered a head wound, as Mamoun Nassar. Photos from the scene showed him bleeding profusely. Security forces said he was later evacuated by the Red Crescent for treatment at a hospital in Nablus.

The army confirmed that a group of Israelis had been seen attacking the shepherd. Soldiers who arrived on the scene fired in the air, dispersing the assailants, before calling the police. The police stated that no one had been arrested following the incident.

In recent weeks soldiers have been documented standing by while Israelis were throwing stones at Palestinians on at least two occasions. There were no arrests after those incidents either.