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Palestinian child seriously injured after being struck by Israeli settler vehicle

July 19, 2017 4:21 P.M. (Updated: July 19, 2017 9:24 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- A 10-year-old Palestinian child was seriously injured on Wednesday after being hit by an Israeli settler vehicle in the area of Wadi al-Hsien in Hebron city in the southern occupied West Bank.

Local sources told Ma’an that the girl, Wijdan Faris Nasser al-Jabari, was transferred to an Israeli hospital in Jerusalem for medical care after an Israeli ambulance arrived on the scene of the incident.

An Israeli police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment or to provide additional information.

Incidents involving Israeli settlers hitting Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory are common, and are usually treated by Israeli security forces as accidents, even in cases when witnesses claim the car rammings were deliberate.

In May, a four-year-old Palestinian child was also injured in Hebron city, near the illegal Israeli Kiryat Arba settlement, after an Israeli settler vehicle hit him as the boy was playing in the al-Ras area of the city.

Many Palestinian activists and rights groups have accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israeli settlers and soldiers committing violent acts against Palestinians.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with announcements of settlement expansion earlier this year sparking condemnation from the international community.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there were a total of 107 reported settler attacks against Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem in 2016.
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