An Israeli settler ran over a photographer for B’Tselem Israeli human rights group, near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, at noon on Sunday.According to the PNN, sources said that Ra’ed Abu Rmaileh was injured and sustained contusions above the knee, and was moved to Al-Khalil governmental hospital, after an Israeli settler ran into him with a car and fled the scene.
Hit and run incidents against Palestinians, including small children, have become increasingly common among Israeli settlers.
On January 24th, an Israeli settler ran over 5-year-old Nabeel Hasan Drobi near Tulkarem, and also fled the scene.
Similarly, before that, an Israeli settler ran over 8-year-old Ali Qrei’esh near Hebron.
In October, Inas Shawkat Khalil, age 5, from Sinjil village, near Ramallah, was pronounced dead of her wounds in Ramallah public hospital, after an Israeli settler ran her over with his car, causing severe injuries before driving away.
According to Ma’an News Agency, a 1997 agreement split Hebron into areas of Palestinian and Israeli control. Some 500 Jewish settlers now live in the Old City.
The Israeli military-controlled H2 zone includes the ancient Old City, home of the revered Ibrahimi Mosque — also split into a synagogue referred to as the Tomb of the Patriarchs — and the once thriving Shuhada street, now just shuttered shops fronts and closed homes.
Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is common but rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.
Over 500,000 Israeli settlers now reportedly live in settlements across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in direct contravention of international law.
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