Many fanatic illegal Israeli colonists attacked, Saturday, several Palestinian shepherds in the at-Tiwana village, near Yatta, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

The Israeli assailants came from Havat Ma’on illegal colony, which was built on private Palestinian lands, and started hurling rocks at the shepherds.

Israeli soldiers came to the scene but did not intervene, and instead were trying to force the Palestinian shepherds away.

The Coordinator of the Popular Committees against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in southern Hebron, Rateb Jabour, said such attacks have recently witnessed a serious escalation.

He added that the colonists, and the soldiers, are trying to expand the illegal colonies around various villages in southern Hebron, by forcing the Palestinians out of their lands and communities.