Palestinian shepherd says settlers beat him

AP News
Posted: Aug 19, 2013 12:37 PM

MIKHMAS, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian shepherd says he was hit in the head and hands by men wielding metal pipes in the vicinity of West Bank Jewish settlers' outposts.

Najeh Abu Ali, 47, said Monday while recovering in hospital that he believes his six attackers were settlers, based on their appearance. He was attacked Sunday as he led his herd to graze near the outposts. He suffered gashes and required stitches.

Iyad Haddad, a researcher for the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem, says five others from Abu Ali's village of Mikhmas have been attacked in the same area in recent years.

Israeli police say an investigation has begun, with a range of motives being considered.

UN statistics show a rise in reported settler attacks since 2006, with over 60 cases this year.