Around 20 settlers from the settlement of Yitzhar reportedly went down to the nearby Palestinian village of Madama on Sunday afternoon to throw rocks at the houses, injuring 11-year-old Palestinian girl Hala Alkut, Israeli media reported.
According to Palestinian reports, the girl was evacuated in moderate condition to Rafidia Surgical Hospital in Nablus. Judea and Samaria district police have opened an investigation into the incident.
תקרית אלימה אחר הצהריים בשטחים: כ20 מתנחלים ירדו מההתנחלות יצהר לכפר הפלסטיני מדאמא, זרקו אבנים בקו בתים ראשון של מדאמא ובעקבות כך נפצעה ילדה פלס׳ בת 11. הפלסטינים מדווחים שהילדה פונתה במצב בינוני לבית חולים רפידיא בשכם. pic.twitter.com/0YPLJjUwJI— Or Heller אור הלר (@OrHeller) January 17, 2021
The girl's aunt told Haaretz on Sunday that the girl was assaulted by a group of settlers, one of whom even tried to drag her away.Mashhoor, the girl's father, told Walla News that "young people threw stones at our house. My eldest daughter was alone on the road near the house, they threw a stone at her and broke her nose. It was full of blood, we took her to the hospital in Nablus for medical treatment." He added that "the rock throwing has repeated itself several times already."
According to Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din, the girl was playing in her backyard when the settlers, who also caused damage to at least 4 additional houses, began throwing rocks toward her, injuring her face, and causing her to bleed from her nose and head.
Since the death of hilltop youth Ahuvia Sandak – who died when the car he was riding in flipped over in a police chase last month – Yesh Din investigators say they have received verified reports of 41 different cases of Israeli settlers attacking Palestinians, including blocking roads and throwing rocks toward Palestinian vehicles and homes.
Lior Amichai, CEO of Yesh Din said of the incident that "The injury of an 11-year-old girl in the town of Madama is a result of the Israeli government's policy that allows settler violence against Palestinians on a regular basis."
Amichai continued his criticisms, saying that "In the apartheid regime in the West Bank, settlers are almost always immune from prosecution, which encourages the continuation of this violence."