Israeli driver killed in West Bank accident after car pelted by rocks

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Jewish-Israeli man who exited his car near Hebron after Palestinians throwing rocks damaged the vehicle was hit by a truck and killed.

The man, who was reported to be in his 50s and a resident of the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, was driving past the Palestinian village of Al Fawar, near Hebron, on Tuesday afternoon when his vehicle was hit by the rocks. He stopped his vehicle to assess the damage and was struck by a passing truck that continued driving. The Israeli died at the scene.

The Palestinian driver later turned himself in to Palestinian Authority police, telling them he hit the man by accident, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

Dozens of Palestinians gathered at the scene of the accident and threw rocks and burned tires, hampering rescue efforts, according to reports.

Earlier on Tuesday, an Israel Defense Forces officer was lightly injured after being stabbed by a Palestinian man in the southern Hebron Hills. The assailant, from the nearby village of Beit Awwa, was shot and killed during the attack.

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