Israel Police: Car accident that injured 4 Palestinians doesn’t appear deliberate

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Four Palestinians were injured in a West Bank car incident in what police are investigating as a hit-and-run, but the victims say they were targeted.

Investigators said they have not turned up any evidence pointing to a deliberate attack in Tuesday night’s incident, in which a car with Israeli license plates plowed into the victims in the village of Nebi Elias and kept traveling, the Times of Israel reported.

The driver, a Jewish resident of the West Bank, later called and turned himself in to police.

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Initial reports had called the incident a retaliation for the car ramming attack last week in Jerusalem that killed one Israeli and left another in serious condition.

The victims, including two pregnant women, had been walking by the road, a main thoroughfare through the northern West Bank. They told the Palestinian Maan news agency that the driver appeared to deliberately target them.