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Palestinian Mayor assaulted by settlers

The assault occured after he intervened to help a child

Jerusalem24 –  Israeli settlers today, Tuesday, assaulted the mayor of the northern West Bank town of Sebastia, Mohammad Azem, when he intervened to prevent settlers from abducing a child.

Azem told WAFA that dozens of Israeli settlers arrived at the town’s archeological site under Israeli army protection and that while they were there, they attempted to kidnap a child.

He said he immediately intervened to help the child and prevent the settlers from taking him when he was beaten by the settlers despite the presence of the soldiers who did not try to stop them.

Israeli settlers have recently intensified their presence at the Palestinian archeological site as the army closes the area for the Palestinian residents, who fear the settlers want to eventually take over the site and establish a settlement in the area.

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