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Israel - 3-year-old critically injured by stones near Ariel

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A three-year-old girl was critically injured in the West Bank on Thursday night when the car she was traveling in veered into an oncoming truck after it was hit by stone-throwers.

Police said the girl’s mother and two sisters, aged 4 and 5 were all moderately injured in the accident, which took place on Highway 5 outside Ariel. A bus was also hit by rocks on the same road.

Emergency services were at the scene and had evacuated the family to hospital for treatment.

The accident occurred at the Gitai Avisar Junction between the settlements of Ariel and Barkan.

Police stated that they were still examining whether the stone-throwing was the cause of the accident.

Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett reacted to the suspected attack on his Facebook page, writing, "Some do not take stone throwing seriously and prevent action against them (stone-throwers). Stone-throwers attempt to kill and should be dealt with accordingly." 

Thursday's suspected terror attack comes during a period of increased violence in the West Bank. The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) released a report Tuesday documenting a significant rise in Palestinian attacks in the West Bank and east Jerusalem in February.

IDF soldiers arrived on the scene and were scanning the area for the rock throwers in the hours after the attack.

A senior army source told The Jerusalem Post, "We will, through intelligence and operational steps, seek to capture the attackers."

Earlier this month, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) released a
report documenting a significant rise in Palestinian attacks in the West Bank and east Jerusalem in February.

A total of 139 attacks, including firebombings and improvised explosives, occurred in February, compared to 83 in January.

A total of 100 attacks took place in the West Bank in February – 84 of them firebombings – compared to 56 attacks that occurred in the previous month.

In the capital, 38 attacks – 35 of them firebombings – were registered by the Shin Bet in February, compared to 27 in January.



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