Israeli settlers stone AFP photographer’s car in West Bank

The attack by settlers caused damage to the photojournalist’s vehicle and minor injuries on his face and hands

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A Palestinian photojournalist working for Agence France-Presse was slightly injured after his car was stoned by Israeli settlers in the West Bank, the news agency reported.

According to photographer Abbas Momani, around 100 settlers threw stones at his car, causing damage to the vehicle and minor injuries on his face and hands, and Israeli soldiers found on the scene did not intervene or try to stop the assault.

The photographer was with other journalists who were traveling in a separate vehicle, on the way to report on Palestinian demonstrations in the Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the West Bank administrative center of Ramallah.

The population of Israeli settlers in the West Bank increased by 4.2 percent during 2013, reaching 375,000 in Jan. 2014, up from 360,000 in Jan. 2013, interior ministry figures showed.

Settlement building in the West Bank increased by 123.7 percent in 2013, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics data showed on Monday.

The Palestinians have been enraged by ongoing settlement constructions, as Israel’s determination on continuing settlement building has added increasing pressures, and a key issue in the U.S.-backed Israel-Palestine peace talks.

(With AFP)