Israeli Ynet News reported Thursday that a settler woman and her 3-year-old toddler have been injured after a number of Palestinians hurled stones at settlers vehicles driving on Route 5 that connects Tel Aviv with the Ariel illegal settlement in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.The Ynet said that the woman’s car crashed after stones were hurled at her car; the woman, 40, and two of her daughters (ages 4 and 5) were moderately injured, while here three-year-old toddler was critically wounded.
According to the Ynet report, the woman’s car crashed into a truck that was driving on the road at the time of the incident; that the truck driver was mildly injured. A settlement bus driver also sustained mild injuries in the attack.
The truck driver told the Israeli Police that he heard a crash and saw stones on the road, so he pulled over thinking he had a flat tire, but when her returned to his truck he realized that the woman’s car had crashed into the back of his truck and was “practically buried under it”, the Ynet News reported.
Israel soldiers arrived at the scene and started a large-scale campaign in an attempt to locate the persons who hurled stones at the settlers’ vehicles.
The Ynet also reported that, several hours after the initial incident, a 10-year-old Israeli child was also lightly wounded when stones were hurled at settlers’ vehicles on the same road.
The situation in the West Bank has been escalating, with clashes reported in different cities, towns and refugee camp, following the death of Arafat Jaradat, 30, a Palestinian political prisoner who was tortured to death, on February 23, at an Israeli interrogation facility, in addition to the death of Mohammad At-Teety, 25, who was shot and killed on Tuesday by an Israeli dum-dum bullet to the head, in the Al-Fawwar refugee camp, in Hebron.
Earlier on Thursday, the army invaded various communities in the occupied West Bank, broke into and searched dozens of homes and kidnapped 23 Palestinians.