HEBRON, March 28, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Saturday detained a number of Palestinian shepherds for hours after chasing them down in Masafir Yatta area to the south of Hebron, according to a local activist.
Coordinator of the popular committee in Southern Hebron, Rateb al-Jabour told WAFA that Israeli soldiers detained the Shepherds for almost five hours after chasing them down the grazing fields in order to prevent them from grazing their livestock.
He said that soldiers prevented the shepherds from grazing their livestock under the pretext of ‘providing protection for settlers residing in nearby Israeli settlements, built illegally on Palestinian residents’ land.
Earlier Saturday, four settlers from the Israeli settlement of ‘Beit Ein’, built illegally on Palestinian-owned land, hurled stones at Mohammed al-Salibi and his three children, while they were working on their farmland in Beit Ummar town to the north of Hebron.
Settlements are illegal under international law as they violate Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the transfer of the occupying power’s civilian population into occupied territory.