Palestinian workers attacked in settlement
Police fear additional 'price tag policy' revenge act as gang of masked men drive into Samaria settlement of Shiloh, beat two Palestinians with metal rod, pepper spray. Binyamin Regional Council condemns act
Two Palestinians were attacked Thursday morning by masked men wielding an iron rod and pepper spray in the Samaria settlement of Shiloh. Police suspect settlers carrying out what they have termed a 'price tag policy' for the Itamar terror attack.
One of the Palestinians, who sustained a light head injury, was treated by paramedics at the settlement and then evacuated to a West Bank hospital. The assailants fled by car, and police are searching for them.
There were six or seven attackers, according to the victims, who serve as construction workers in Shiloh's industrial zone. In addition to the construction workers, they also assaulted a settler working as a security guard on the scene, because he attempted to defend them.
Shaul Malka, a volunteer medic who treated the wounded Palestinians, recalled his arrival on the scene, just minutes after the attack.
"We identified a 7-centimeter cut on the back of the head of one of the workers, and we bandaged it. He was conscious and upset. We calmed him down. He was also suffering from stomach pain due to being kicked," Malka said.
Binyamin Regional Council's security officer, Avigdor Shas, told Ynet the assailants were not residents of the settlement and that they had arrived by car.
"We know they aren't from here because they were unmasked before the attack. They hurt one of the Palestinian workers who was working in construction and then fled the scene. The worker was lightly injured from a metal object and pepper spray sprayed in his eyes," Shas said.
The council also condemned the attack and claimed that the motive was unclear. "We don't know if this was criminally or otherwise motivated. The Arab worker was working for a Shiloh family legally," it said in a statement.