Int'l observer hurt by Hebron settlers

Member of TIPH struck in the face by rocks in city's Jewish quarter.

March 5, 2007 22:29
Int'l observer hurt by Hebron settlers

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An international observer was wounded on Monday night when he was struck in the face by a rocks thrown at him by settlers in Hebron's Jewish quarter. The man was evacuated by ambulance to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. Police were sweeping the West Bank neighborhood in search of the attackers. The supervisor was a member of an organization called TIPH (Temporary International Presence in the City of Hebron), one of several groups that often takes photographs in Hebron's Jewish quarter. Army Radio reported that it was not the first time an international supervisor had been wounded by stones thrown at them by Hebron settlers. TIPH is a civilian observer mission in the West Bank city of Hebron, consisting of personnel sent from the Foreign Ministries of Norway, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and Turkey. TIPH was called for during the Oslo peace talks by the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority to assist them in their efforts to restore normalcy to the city of Hebron.

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