7 Palestinians killed and 3 injured in car accident in West Bank

Israeli medical personnel say that two vehicles collided on a narrow two-lane highway in the occupied West Bank, killing seven Palestinians and injuring three


JERUSALEM – According to Israeli medical personnel, two vehicles collided on a narrow two-lane highway in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, killing seven Palestinians and injuring three others.


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared a day of mourning for the victims on Friday. He described them as “martyrs struggling to make a living.” Thousands of Palestinian laborers work in Jewish settlements along Highway 90 that runs through the Jordan Valley.

The Israeli Magen David Adom rescue agency confirmed the deaths of 7 people and stated that 3 people have been evacuated for medical treatment. Among them, one is 18 years old and one is 20 years old in critical condition.

Israel occupied the West Bank in the 1967 war, and the Palestinians wanted it to become a major part of their future country.


Tens of thousands of Palestinians work in Israel and Israeli settlements, where wages are much higher than in the West Bank managed by the Palestinian Authority of Abbas. The economic gap mainly stems from Israel’s 54-year occupation of the territory and the restrictions it imposed on the more than 2.5 million Palestinians living there.

Palestinians and most of the international community believe that settlements are home to nearly 500,000 Jewish settlers, are illegal, and are an obstacle to the resolution of decades-long conflict.

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