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Israeli car hits 2 Palestinian girls near Beit Jala

Dec. 10, 2013 10:31 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 10, 2013 11:17 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian girls were injured Tuesday morning in a hit-and-run accident on the main road between Beit Jala and al-Walaja west of Bethlehem.

Eyewitnesses told Ma'an that two teenage Palestinian students on the road were hit by an Israeli settler who was driving to Jerusalem.

Director of Bethlehem ambulance service Muhammad Awad confirmed that two 17-year-old girls were evacuated in Palestinian ambulances to Bethlehem Arab Society Hospital in Beit Jala after they were hit by an Israeli car.

One of the girls had a fractured leg and the other sustained bruises, added Awad.

Some Israeli settlers who live in the Gush Etzion and Betar Illit settlements immediately west of Bethlehem choose to travel to Jerusalem through Beit Jala.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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