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Israeli settler runs over, injures Palestinian boy in occupied West Bank

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Injured Palestinian child Abdul-Rahim al-Jabari, 7, is lying on a bed at a hospital after being run over by an extremist Jewish settler in the occupied southern West Bank city of al-Khalil on September 2, 2021. (Photo via Twitter)

A Palestinian boy has sustained injuries after an Israeli settler ran him over in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Aref Jaber, a photojournalist and member of the Human Rights Defenders Group in the southern West Bank city of al-Khalil, told the official Palestinian Wafa news agency that Abdul-Rahim al-Jabari was struck near the illegal Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba on Thursday.

Jaber added that the settler fled the scene after the incident.

The Palestinian child was rushed to a hospital for treatment, where medics described his condition as moderate.

There have been scores of “hit and run” incidents targeting Palestinians in different parts of the occupied West Bank, with most of them largely going uninvestigated by Israeli authorities. Some of such events have even resulted in fatalities.

On May 30, an Israeli police vehicle ran over and injured a Palestinian teenage boy for raising a Palestinian flag on his bike in the occupied al-Quds neighborhood of Ras al-Amoud.

Palestinian witnesses, speaking on condition of anonymity, said at the time that three Israeli police officers chased 15-year-old Jawad Abbasi, who was riding his bike while hoisting a Palestinian flag, running him over and causing him bruises in the leg.

The Palestinian teenager was briefly detained by Israeli forces, before he was allowed to go to hospital for medical treatment.

Earlier this year, a Palestinian man lost his life and two others sustained injuries after an Israeli settler ran them over in the northeastern part of the West Bank.

Mu'taz Besharat, an officer in charge of monitoring settlement activities in Tubas district, said a group of Palestinians were hiking on a trail between the villages of Ein al-Beida and Bardala on February 12, when the Jewish extremist rammed his car into them, Wafa news agency reported.

The report identified the victim as 52-year-old Bilal Bawatneh from the city of al-Bireh, located 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) north of al-Quds, adding that the injured Palestinians were residents of al-Bireh and Israeli-occupied al-Quds.

Palestinian witnesses said they were shocked to see the speeding vehicle veering off its course, and hitting the three hikers.


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