Two Palestinian Cyclists Injured in Alleged Assault by West Bank Settlers

Masked men in a car threw stones and beat the Ramallah residents near the Palestinian village of Turmus Ayya, the alleged victims say

Hagar Shezaf
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The Palestinian village of Turmus Ayya in the background and houses under construction in the Jewish settlement of Shilo in the occupied West Bank between Ramallah and Nablus, March 31, 2017.
The Palestinian village of Turmus Ayya in the background and houses under construction in the Jewish settlement of Shilo in the occupied West Bank between Ramallah and Nablus, March 31, 2017.Credit: THOMAS COEX / AFP
Hagar Shezaf

Two Palestinians were wounded when settlers threw stones at them on Saturday near the West Bank settlement of Shiloh, according to their police testimony.

The police said they had opened an investigation “following a number of complaints submitted today by Palestinian residents of Ramallah” about the incident.

The Palestinians, both men in their thirties who sustained light injuries, are members of a group of cyclists who go on trips around the West Bank. On Saturday, they were riding with three others towards a village in the Jenin area. Loai, 33, from Ramallah, said the group had used Kamoot, a navigation app for cyclists, that led them to a bike path near the Palestinian town of Turmus Ayya, not far from Shiloh. According to the men, they were unaware that the area was surrounded by settlements and settler outposts and known to Israelis as Shiloh Valley.

Loai recounted that someone approached them and asked where they were from. When they said they were from Ramallah, according to his account, a group of five masked young men, some wielding clubs, quickly arrived in a car without a license plate and began to throw stones. Loai said that he and Samer, the other alleged victim, left their bikes to try and escape.

Samer said he fell while running away, at which point two settlers with clubs arrived and began to beat him. Three of the group’s bicycles were stolen at this point, the men said. According to them, a security guard from one of the nearby settlements arrived, but initially did nothing.

Samer's injuries after an alleged attack by settlers near Turmus Ayya, July 19, 2020.
Samer's injuries after said attack by settlers near Turmus Ayya, July 19, 2020. Credit: Courtesy of Samer
The injuries.
Samer's injuries after said attack by settlers near Turmus Ayya, July 19, 2020. Credit: Courtesy of Samer

After about an hour, the guard returned the bicycles, which were no longer working properly, and the two men were taken to Turmus Ayya, they said. After receiving first aid, they submitted a complaint to police. Loai then went to the hospital in Ramallah for further medical treatment.

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