Palestinians in Hebron living adjacent to the Israeli-controlled part of the city have set up a neighborhood watch fearing reprisal attacks by settlers for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens on June 12.
According to an Israel Radio report on Saturday, a hotline was also set up to report any suspicious activity by settlers in the divided city.
The two prime suspects in the kidnapping and murder of Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach and Gil-ad Shaar, are Hamas men from Hebron.
The bodies of the three Israeli teens were found last Monday, after an 18-day search, near the Palestinian town of Halhul, north of the city, in a plot of land recently purchased by the family of one of the suspects, Marwan Kawasme. He along with Amer Abu Aysha are currently being sought by the IDF. A third Hamas man from Hebron, Husam Dofsh, is also being sought.
Also on Saturday, a Palestinian man was reportedly beaten by settlers near the West Bank town of Nablus.
Palestinian media reported that Tarek Adili from the town of Osarin was “kidnapped” by settlers, severely beaten and left for dead. He was being treated at hospital in Nablus.
Police were still investigating the murder of Palestinian teenager Muhammed Abu Kdheir, 16, from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, whose body was found Wednesday in a Jerusalem forest in what is believed to be a revenge attack for the killing of the three Israeli teenagers who were laid to rest on Tuesday.