Palestinian girl dies after being hit by Israeli settler car

Aseel Tariq Abu Aoun

A Palestinian girl has been killed after she was deliberately run over by a car driven by an Israeli settler.

The incident took place in the north-central part of the occupied West Bank on Saturday 26 August.

Palestinian medical sources said the 8-year-old victim, identified as Aseel Tariq Abu Aoun, was mowed down while leaving a supermarket near her home in the village of Foroush Beit Dajan in Nablus.

The victim sustained serious injuries in the crash and later succumbed to her wounds.

Israeli police claimed that an investigation has been launched into the hit-and-run attack.

However, incidents involving Israeli settlers hitting Palestinians with cars are a regular occurrence, and are usually treated by Israeli forces as “accidents”.

Members of Aseel’s family said the announcement of a police investigation was simply an attempt by the Israeli authorities to quell public anger.

Jawdat Abu Aoun, a relative of Aseel’s, said: “We are used to the Israeli police and their ways of dealing with settler aggression or attacks on Palestinians.”

On August 10, an Israeli settler ran over four Palestinian children in the neighbourhood of Silwan on the outskirts of the Old City of occupied Jerusalem.

Dozens of Palestinian children and even adults died in similar incidents by Israeli settlers in Occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank.

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