Israeli settler runs over Palestinian child

Published April 29th, 2015 - 04:19 GMT

An Israeli settler has run over a five-year-old Palestinian boy in the southern occupied West Bank, inflicting injuries on him.

Palestinian medical sources identified the victim as Zakariya Mahmoud al-Umour, adding that he was struck in Khallet al-Mayya area of Yatta town, located approximately 8 kilometers (4.9 miles) south al-Khalil (Hebron) on Tuesday.

The source added that the Israeli settler tried to drive away after wounding the child, but local residents managed to stop him.

The Palestinian boy was taken to a nearby hospital to receive medical treatment.

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 October 19, 2014, five-year-old Palestinian girl, Enas Khalil, died after being injured in a similar hit-and-run incident involving an Israeli settler near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Khalil was one of the two girls that an Israeli settler hit with his car on the main road in the town of Sinjil near Ramallah. The second girl, identified as eight-year-old Nilin Asfour, was also badly injured in the accident.

On August 17, a Palestinian man was killed after being knocked down by an Israeli settler in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Separately, on August 7, a settler ran over and injured an eight-year-old Palestinian girl in the southern West Bank.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, including East al-Quds, in 1967. 

Much of the international community considers the settlements illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are thus subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.

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