Driver hit by truck after getting out of car to inspect damage near Palestinian village in southern West Bank
(SOURCE) An Israeli civilian was killed on Tuesday after he was hit by a truck as he inspected the damage to his own car caused when he was pelted with rocks by Palestinians near the West Bank city of Hebron.
MDA paramedics attempted to resuscitate the man, in his 50s, in preparation for his evacuation by helicopter to hospital but he died at the scene.
Initial reports indicated the driver stopped his car after it was hit by rocks as he drove through the Al Fawar junction, near the Palestinian village of the same name, southwest of Hebron.
The driver, reportedly an resident of a nearby settlement, got out to inspect the damage and as he stood at the side of the road he was hit by a passing truck that continued driving and left the area.
It was not clear if the second vehicle was deliberately driven into the man or not.
The driver gave himself up to the Palestinian security forces in the area shortly afterward and said he hit the man by accident and had fled the scene out of fear, Army Radio reported.
The Palestinian driver may be transferred to Israeli security forces for further investigation of the incident.
Channel 1 reported that Palestinian rioters attacked Israeli forces and medics as they tried to attend to the victim.
Earlier in the day, an IDF army officer sustained light injuries after being stabbed by a Palestinian man in the southern West Bank.
The stabber was shot and killed during the attack, amid what the army said a “violent riot” in the village of Beit Awwa in the Hebron Hills region.
MDA paramedics treated the injured soldier at the scene for a hand wound. The officer, a company commander in the Givati infantry brigade, was expected to be taken to the hospital for further medical treatment.
The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry identified the stabber as Adi Hashem al Masalmeh, 24, from Beit Awwa.
The attacks came after Monday saw a rare respite from several weeks of almost daily shooting and stabbing attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers, both in the West Bank and throughout Israel.
Dozens have been killed or injured in the attacks.
The last month has also seen a surge in violent clashes in the West Bank between Palestinians and Israeli troops.
While many of the attacks have been centered around Jerusalem, the weekend saw a spike in stabbings in and around the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron, with three stabbing attacks on Saturday alone.
The current outbreak of violence was fueled by rumors that Israel was plotting to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and take over the Temple Mount, the holiest site to Jews and the third holiest one to Muslims.
Israel has adamantly denied the allegations, saying there are no plans to change the status quo between Muslim worshipers and Jewish visitors to the site, and has accused the Palestinians of incitement. Jews can currently visit the religious holy site but are not allowed to pray there.