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Disabled girl hit by settler car in Hebron

12:00 Jan 12 2012 Hebron

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HEBRON (Ma’an) -- A disabled child was hit by a settler car on Thursday near the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron, medics said.

Head of the Red Crescent emergency ward in Hebron told Ma'an that Hiba Abdul Ghaffar, 13, was heading to school when she was hit by the car.

Ghaffar, who is in a wheelchair, suffered light injuries in the collision and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Palestinian National Initiative leader Mustafa Barghouti condemned the attack, claiming that it was "proof that there won't be any safety or security without the end of the settlements and the occupation from our land."

Barghouti said that Angham Kayed Omran, 17, had also been hit on Thursday by a settler car in Nablus while on her way to school.

He said Israel was responsible for the crimes committed against the Palestinian people, noting that settlers were leading a "dirty war" in the West Bank.

Around 800 Jewish settlers live among 30,000 Palestinians in the parts of the ancient city of Hebron that are under Israeli control.

Reports of physical violence by settlers against Palestinians are common in Hebron, which is a microcosm of the occupied West Bank where Palestinians have limited self-rule over islands of territory surrounded by areas of Israeli control.

The Israeli human rights group BT'selem says there is a "systematic failure" to protect Palestinians from settler attacks in Hebron, with Israeli soldiers often witnessing violent assaults without intervening.

Routine settler abuse of the Palestinian community in Hebron includes physical assault, stone throwing, throwing waste water and gunfire.
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