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Israeli jeep hits tractor, killing 2 children

April 29, 2010 1:11 P.M. (Updated: May 2, 2010 5:40 P.M.)
Ramallah - Ma'an - An Israeli military jeep collided with a tractor carrying a Palestinian family, killing two young girls and injuring their father and brother on Thursday, witnesses said.

The girls, both killed instantly, were identified as Jannah Foqha, 8, and her sister Masa, 10. Their 11-year-old brother Hussien was injured along with father Imad; both remain in hospital.

The incident occurred south of the Bisan checkpoint, in the Ein El-Bdeia area of the northern Jordan Valley.

An Israeli military spokesman confirmed two had been killed when a military vehicle hit a Palestinian tractor, while a National Police representative said the "unfortunate accident" saw two young girls, riding in a cart pulled behind the tractor, were struck.

The spokesman said he was unaware of any allegations that the accident was in fact the result of soldiers targeting the family.

Locals told the regional popular committee that the incident was an "act of willful killing by the occupation forces," reporting that the tractor was in fact 15 meters away from the the highway where the Israeli military vehicle was driving.

Highway 90 is an Israeli-only road, and local farmers are prohibited from using large swaths of it.

Activists with the Stop the Wall campaign quoted locals as saying the soldiers involved in the accident had earlier intervened in a fight between settlers and farmers.
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