Sources in the city of Hebron told IMEMC that a group of international human rights activists were working near an illegal Jewish settlement outpost called Ma’on when a group of armed settlers opened fire at them at midday on Saturday.

According to the sources none of the international workers were injured or harmed and the armed settlers fled from the area shortly after the attack.

The southern West Bank city of Hebron and adjacent Palestinian villages are totally surrounded by illegal Israeli settlements around and inside the old city of Hebron.

Israeli human rights groups say that the Israeli settlers in Hebron are armed and dangerous; they are also provided with protection by the Israeli army.

In related news, a group of Israeli human rights activists and Palestinian villagers held a peaceful protest near the illegal Israeli settlement of Karmah Sur, located near the Palestinian village of Beit Omer near Hebron city.

The protest took place at the main gate of the settlement; Israeli troops arrived there and forced the protesters away using rifle butts and tear gas. No injuries were reported.