Soldiers and Settlers Attack Beit Ommar

12 May 2013

On Friday the 3rd of May 2013, dozens of settlers from the settlement of Keryat Arba attacked Beit Ommar. They accused the villagers of throwing stones at their cars on the main road that conects Jerusalem and Hebron which passes the entrance to the town of Beit Ommar.

The clashes were very violent and Isreali soldiers became involved. Many people were injured from Beit Ommar and suffered the suffocating effects of tear gas. Three people were shoot by tear gas bombs in the head from close range. The wounded were moved to a hospital in Hebron, and clashes continued throughout the day at the entrance of Beit Ummar and inside the town.

In the evening the soldiers closed the entrance gate of Beit Ummar and two feeder roads were blocked by big boulders to prevent citizens from driving their cars. The Israeli army controls the entrance of Beit Ummar, haulting the flow of traffic in the villiage when clashes break out between youth and soldiers.