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Palestinian girl injured after being hit by settler vehicle in Silwan

Feb. 24, 2015 9:49 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 27, 2015 2:05 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian girl suffered fractures and bruises Tuesday after being hit by a settlement guard's jeep in the Ein al-Lawza area of the Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem, family said.

Mariam Karim Dana, 10, was hit as the vehicle was speeding between houses, Dana's brother Amer said.

He said the car stopped after Mariam fell down, but backed up again, hitting her leg.

Israeli police arrived at the scene but allowed the driver to leave without being detained or questioned.

Mariam is currently in Hadassa hospital with a broken left foot and bruises in the back and neck.

The family is preparing to file an official complaint against the driver, he said.

In September, settlers occupied 23 houses in Silwan and forcibly evicted the residents of an apartment.

East Jerusalem is internationally recognized as Palestinian territory, but Israel occupied it in 1967 and later annexed it in a move never considered legitimate abroad.

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