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Palestinian boy hurt in hit-and-run accident with suspected settler in Hebron

July 18, 2016 9:26 P.M. (Updated: July 18, 2016 9:26 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- A 12-year-old Palestinian boy was moderately injured on Monday morning in a hit-and-run accident with a car allegedly driven by an Israeli settler in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

Locals told Ma’an that a car with Israeli plates hit the boy and sped away, adding that the driver was an Israeli settler. The claim could not immediately be confirmed.

Medics for the Palestinian Red Crescent identified the injured boy as Hamza Mahmoud Rabaee, adding that he was evacuated to Hebron’s public hospital with a foot fracture and bruises on his body.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports. An Israeli police spokesperson was not available for comment.

Meanwhile on Monday morning, Israeli forces opened fire at a Palestinian truck after it collided with an Israeli vehicle on Route 60, a main highway near Hebron.

Witnesses told Ma’an that in an apparent traffic accident between a Palestinian-plated vehicle and an Israeli-plated vehicle, Israeli soldiers opened fire at the truck with a Palestinian registration plate.

Israeli settlers have been involved in a number of hit-and-run accidents with Palestinian pedestrians. However, Israeli settlers -- who live in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in contravention of international law -- are rarely arrested or prosecuted by Israeli authorities for crimes committed against Palestinians, or received lighter sentences than Palestinians committing similar crimes against Israelis.

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