An elderly Palestinian man sustained serious to moderate injuries Tuesday after an Israeli settler unleashed his dogs on him, according to a Palestinian official.

Rizeq Abu Nasir, coordinator of the popular committee against the apartheid wall, told WAFA correspondence that Tawfiq Khaled, aged 66, was picking figs on his land in Deir Istiya, a village in the north of the West Bank, when he was attacked by the settler’s dogs.

He said that the settler stood by watching as the dogs attacked Khaled, but restrained them only after Palestinian shepherds, who happened to be in the area, intervened to help him.

Khaled was transferred to a hospital for medical treatment.

Israeli settlers frequently attack Palestinian civilians in the West Bank prompting officials and international organizations to condemn such acts.

Saeb Erekat, secretary of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee, had also called on the international community to provide protection to the Palestinian people living in the occupied territories stressing that it is an international responsibility.

Amnesty International had said that “Israelis living in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank frequently attacked Palestinian civilians and their property, sometimes in the presence of Israeli soldiers and police who failed to intervene.”

A report published by the Israeli human rights organization, Yesh Din, in May 2015 stated that Israeli settlers enjoy widespread impunity for their attacks against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

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