A group of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian shepherds from Towani village, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Thursday.

Villagers told IMEMC that several boys and old women were grazing their family herds on village land near the Ma’oun Settlement, a group of settlers and Israeli soldiers attacked them and beat them.

Witnesses to the attack added that settlers stole some herbs gathered by the shepherds.

Villagers called Israeli police who arrived at the area of the attack, who refused to press charges and told the villagers that if they want to file charges, they must go to the settlement. The Israeli army forbids locals entrance to the settlement.

Ma’oun along with other two Israeli settlements is built on land stolen from the farmers of Towani in late 80’s.