Jewish settlers attack British diplomats in Al-Halil

A aggressive group of Jewish settlers attacked British diplomats in Jerusalem while touring the area in an armoured car.

Jewish settlers attack British diplomats in Al-Halil

A aggressive group of Jewish settlers attacked a delegation of British diplomats during a visit to the West Bank city of Al-Halil on Thursday, the British Consulate said.

The consulate in Jerusalem said the diplomats were attacked while touring the area in an armoured car. None were injured.

A Palestinian security official in the city said one of the settlers kicked the car after trying to open one of its doors.

Tension often runs high in Al-Halil, home to 180,000 Palestinians and around 650 Jewish settlers who live in fortified enclaves guarded by Israeli troops.

Diplomats regularly visit the flashpoint city to assess security conditions and the role of Jew settlers.

The British diplomats were taking part in a tour by a group called "Breaking the Silence".

Tours by the group, led by former Israeli soldiers, are often attacked by some Jew settlers.

The British consulate said Israeli police intervened after the attack and an investigation was under way.

The Israeli government had no immediate comment.

Reuters

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