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Palestinian youth in critical condition after being struck by Israeli settler's car

Sept. 6, 2017 10:42 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 6, 2017 5:08 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian youth was injured after an Israeli settler hit the youth with his car Tuesday evening near the village of Husan west of Bethlehem, on Route 60, the occupied West Bank's main highway.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in statement that "someone from the Jewish community" hit a Palestinian with his vehicle and fled the scene, but turned himself in at an Israeli police station shortly after.

She identified the victim only as a Palestinian "youth," presumably meaning a boy.

She described the boy's injury as critical and said he was being treated in a hospital, without providing further details.

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

An eight-year-old Palestinian girl was killed just over a week ago after she was run over by an Israeli settler in the Nablus district of the northern occupied West Bank.

Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz reported at the time that Israeli police detained the driver of the vehicle for questioning, and that an investigation had been opened, but did not specify whether the settler had been released.

Members of the girl's family told Al Jazeera that the announcement of a police investigation was simply an attempt by the Israeli government to quell public anger.

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, and 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.
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