An Israeli human rights group released video on Friday which it said showed the start of an assault on Palestinian farmers by masked, stick-wielding Jewish settlers.
The footage, distributed by rights group B'Tselem, shows four people with faces swathed in scarves and holding sticks, approaching the farmers near Susia settlement outside Hebron in the West Bank. One strikes a blow before the camera is dropped. B'Tselem said the woman who was filming ran for help.
Among those hurt was a 58-year-old woman, said the group, which has provided about 100 cameras to Palestinians in the past year in a project called 'Shooting Back' which attempts to document rights abuses in the West Bank.
Speaking to Reuters, farmer Imran al-Nawajah, 31, said he and his aunt and uncle, aged 58 and 60, were tending their sheep on Sunday when two settlers told them to leave.
"They said we had 10 minutes to leave but I responded by saying: 'This is my land. I'm here to plant trees and feed my sheep,'" Nawajah said. The two settlers then returned, this time masked, with others and attacked the family, he said.
"They came toward me and they hit me on my head. I fell and they started beating me. They started beating all of us."
Nawajah said he and his uncle were taken to a Hebron hospital while his aunt, who suffered a broken cheekbone and a gashed arm, was treated at an Israeli hospital. An Israeli police spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.
The Hebron area is home to some of the West Bank's most militant Jewish settlers. B'Tselem said harassment of Palestinians was frequent, but capturing it on video was rare.
Israel occupied the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East war. International powers regard its settlement, and in some cases annexation, of West Bank land as illegal.
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