WEST BANK (Dispatches) – An elderly Palestinian woman succumbed on Wednesday to injuries she sustained when a Zionist settler rammed his car into her on a road in southern al-Khalil in the occupied West Bank.
According to local sources, a settler driving at high speed ran over 73-year-old Shafiqa Mohamed Abu Aqeel leaving her with serious injuries.
The victim was rushed to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba where she was pronounced dead.
This is the latest in a series of increasing attacks on Palestinians by settlers in the occupied West Bank.
According to Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, 94 violent attacks took place against Palestinian civilians between 21 December 2020 and 13 March 2021 – an unprecedented figure.
A day earlier, Zionist troops shot dead a Palestinian man and injured his wife in the occupied West Bank over an alleged car-ramming attempt against the regime’s troops.
The official Palestinian Wafa news agency reported that the fatal shooting took place at dawn as the Palestinian man, identified as 42-year-old Osama Sidqi Mansour, and his wife were traveling in their car.
The report, citing a statement released by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, added that Mansour died "after sustaining head wounds from live fire near Bir Nabala ... and his wife suffered bullet wounds to her back.”
Eyewitnesses told Wafa that Zionist troops fired a stun grenade at the car at 3:30 a.m. (0030 GMT). They added that the troops started firing shots as soon as the man pulled over the car for fear of their lives.
Many Palestinians have sustained injuries or lost their lives in similar incidents due to allegations that they attempted stabbing or car-ramming attacks.
Zionist troops have on numerous occasions been caught on camera brutally killing Palestinians, with the videos going viral online and sparking international condemnation.