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Photoblog: Settler attack on Khirbet al-Mufaqarah

October 2021

On the afternoon of 29 Aug. 2021, dozens of settlers raided the community of al-Mufaqarah in Masafer Yatta, attacking residents and homes and vandalizing property. The attack, which was one of the most severe and vicious recalled by residents, injured several villagers, including a toddler whose skull was fractured. Soldiers who came to the scene fired tear gas canisters at residents of the community, many of whom suffered gas inhalation. Only after about an hour did the settlers leave the area and move to the nearby village of a-Tuwani, where they attacked a house with stones and injured residents trying to defend it. In the past year, settler attacks in Masafer Yatta have intensified as part of Israel’s policy of expelling Palestinians and taking over their land. Read more

Settler attack on the community of Khirbet al-Mufaqarah, 28 September 2021. Photo by Basel al-Adraa
Mahamud Husam Hamamdeh, a resident of Kh. al-Mufaqarah, near his house window, which was smashed by the settlers. The stones hit his toddler grandson, who was at home, fracturing his skull.
A window smashed by the settlers in one of the community homes. Photo by Manal al-Ja’bari, B’Tselem
Muhammad Hamamdeh (3) is hospitalized after a stone thrown by the settlers fractured his skull, and he lost consciousness. Photo courtesy of family.
Stones that penetrated one of the community homes. Photo by Manal al-Ja’bari, B’Tselem
Sawsan Hamamdeh (3) was injured in the face and arm by stones thrown by the settlers. Photo by Manal al-Ja’bari, B’Tselem
A mirror smashed by the settlers inside of one of the homes. Photo by Manal al-Ja’bari, B’Tselem
A house window smashed by the settlers. Photo by Manal al-Ja’bari, B’Tselem
A car whose windows had been shattered by the settlers. Photo by Manal al-Ja’bari, B’Tselem
A tractor whose windshield had been smashed and one of its tires punctured by the settlers. Photo by Manal al-Ja’bari, B’Tselem
Usayed Hamamdeh (3) was injured in the shoulder by a stone thrown by the settlers.
A soldier throwing a stun grenade towards Palestinian residents during the incident. Photo by Basel al-Adraa
A window smashed by the settlers. Photo by Manal al-Ja’bari, B’Tselem
Residents and their children in al-Mufaqarah, several days before the attack. Photo by Omri Eran Vardi


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