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Israeli settlers stone AFP photographer's car in West Bank

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07 March 2014

Israeli settlers in the West Bank stoned the car of a Palestinian photographer working for AFP, slightly injuring him, as he was on his way to cover a story Friday.

The photographer said several of around 100 settlers who were gathered at the side of the road threw stones at his car, cracking the windscreen and lightly injuring him in the face and hands.

Israeli soldiers on the scene did not intervene, he added.

In photographs of the incident, four settlers are seen running, three of them with pistols. Another shows the settlers stoning the car while the soldiers watched.

After the attack, soldiers moved the settlers on.

He and other journalists in a separate vehicle were on their way to cover Palestinian demonstrations in the nearby Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the West Bank administrative centre of Ramallah.

The AFP photographer, Abbas Momani, said he planned to file a complaint with Israeli police, while the Foreign Press Association said its lawyer would also look into the case.

Jewish settlers often attack Palestinian cars, the same way as Palestinian youths stone Israeli vehicles near Jewish settlements in the West Bank.