Palestinian said stabbed in brawl with settlers in Hebron

IDF soldier fires shot in the air to separate groups of Jewish and Arab youths; Palestinians say settlers were attacking homes

IDF soldiers try and separate brawling Israeli and Palestinian youths in the West Bank city of Hebron on September 16, 20233 (Screencapture/X)
IDF soldiers try and separate brawling Israeli and Palestinian youths in the West Bank city of Hebron on September 16, 20233 (Screencapture/X)

A Palestinian was reportedly stabbed and wounded as groups of settler and Arab youths clashed in the West Bank city of Hebron overnight, media reports said Sunday.

The Israel Defense Forces said that soldiers arrived at the scene of the “violent confrontation” and an officer fired a single shot in the air to disperse the groups.

The army said that its forces treated a wounded Palestinian at the scene, but did not give any details on the injury.

Palestinian media said he had a knife wound in the back and was in a moderate condition.

The IDF said that the Israel Police were now probing the incident.

Palestinian reports said that the group of Jewish settlers were roaming the mixed neighborhood of Tel Rumeideh after the Rosh Hashanah holiday meal and attacking Palestinian homes.

Video posted to social media shows the Jewish youths telling several Palestinians to get out of the way and stop filming them before the groups started pushing and hitting each other.

Arab Israeli lawmaker Ahmed Tibi criticized the police for failing to take action.

“Part of the normal Rosh Hashanah activities in Hebron. A Palestinian was stabbed. No one was arrested. Because they are Jews,” he tweeted.

Hebron is a contested city that is home to the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a site considered holy to Muslims, Christians and Jews. Hundreds of hardline settlers live in fortified enclaves under military protection in the heart of a city of more than 200,000 Palestinians.

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