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Child in critical condition after being hit by settler bus

Dec. 18, 2011 4:17 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 19, 2011 8:21 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- A child was seriously injured on Sunday after being run over by a settler bus on a road south of Nablus.

Palestinian official Ghassan Douglas said that a bus belonging to settlers hit Muhammad Munjid, a student at elementary school, while he was crossing the street.

Witnesses in Nablus told Ma'an that Israeli police had shut the road and were investigating whether the incident was accidental or not.

The child was taken to hospital and is in a serious condition.

Witnesses said that a group of settlers also exited the bus and attacked a man named as Fadi Ahmad Samara, 32, who was at the scene of the incident.

Settler attacks in the West Bank against Palestinians have increased by more than 50 percent this year, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Israeli settlers number 500,000 in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, living in Jewish-only communities that are illegal under international law.
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