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Six Palestinian family members buried after deadly car crash

June 28, 2017 10:47 A.M. (Updated: June 28, 2017 9:18 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A 15-year-old Palestinian boy succumbed to injuries Tuesday night after his mother and four siblings were already declared dead in a multi-car crash that also left a Palestinian man killed and dozens injured near Ramallah on Route 60, the main artery of the occupied West Bank.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri identified the boy in a statement as Taysir Dabash, 15, who was evacuated to a hospital in a critical condition after the Tuesday afternoon accident, which involved at least one private car, a Palestinian public transportation vehicle, and a large bus for Israeli settlers.

The boy's mother, Sulafa, and her four other children Ilana, Muhammad, Ahmad, and Issa, were pulled out of the wrecked Palestinian minibus -- which generally seat about nine people -- along with its driver Adel Khatib, and the six were pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

The victims were all residents of town of Zaatara in the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Thousands of Palestinians took part on Wednesday in the funeral of the six Dabash family members in the neighborhood of Sur Bahir in the Jerusalem district of the West Bank,Sulafa Dabash's husband's hometown.

Funeral rites were performed by Jerusalem Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Hussein in the al-Omari Mosque, before the bodies were taken to the family’s house for final farewells, and then to Sur Bahir’s cemetery for burial.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that Wednesday would be considered a day of mourning for the seven victims of the road accident.

The Palestinian Civil Affairs Committee said that an initial agreement was made with the Israeli side to find "urgent solutions" to conditions on Route 60 between Ramallah and Nablus, where deadly accidents have increased.

Three women were killed in a similar accident on the highway last week.
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