A 10-year-old Palestinian girl was killed on Saturday after being struck by an Israeli vehicle in the Jordan Valley of the northeastern occupied West Bank, according to Israeli sources.
According to Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri, the child was hit around noon on Route 90 in the Jordan Valley. Hebrew language media reported that the car had a yellow Israeli license plate.
A crew from Israel’s Magen David Adom national emergency service arrived at the scene and evacuated the girl to the hospital, according to al-Samri. However, the girl was pronounced dead on arrival.
It remained unknown whether the driver had fled or remained at the scene.
A spokesperson for Magen David Adom was not immediately available for comment.
Incidents involving Israeli settlers hitting Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory are a relatively regular occurrence, and are usually treated by Israeli security forces as accidents, even in cases when witnesses claim the car rammings were deliberate.
However, it was unclear in this incident if the driver was indeed an Israeli settler, as Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinian Jerusalemites also have Israeli license plates.