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Israeli settler runs over, injures Palestinian woman, two children in West Bank

In this file picture, Israeli forces hinder the movement of a Palestinian ambulance in the occupied West Bank on October 6, 2017.

A Palestinian woman and two children have been injured when an Israeli settler ran them over in the occupied West Bank.

The Arabic-language Arab48 news website reported that the incident took place near the Cave of the Patriarchs, known to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque, in the heart of the Old City of al-Khalil, located 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Jerusalem al-Quds, on Sunday morning.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society said in a statement that the three people suffered minor to moderate injuries.

There have been scores of incidents similar in kind to a hit-and-run situation where Palestinians have been targeted in different parts of the West Bank. Most of the cases go uninvestigated by Israeli authorities. Some of such events have resulted in fatalities.

On September 14, a Palestinian worker was seriously injured in a similar incident on a road near the town of Hawara, south of Nablus. The Israeli driver fled the scene.

The Palestinian was going to work when he was run over by the settler, who was driving at high speed.

More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds. All the settlements are illegal under international law.

The UN Security Council has only condemned Israel’s settlement activities in several resolutions.

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