Palestinian girl dies in hit-and-run by Jewish driver
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Palestinian girl dies in hit-and-run by Jewish driver

Police reject village residents’ claim that settler, 29, killed the 5-year-old intentionally; culprit turns himself in at nearby settlement

The entrance to the settlement of Yitzhar in the West Bank (photo credit: Flash90/File)
The entrance to the settlement of Yitzhar in the West Bank (photo credit: Flash90/File)

A Palestinian girl died after being hit by a car driven by a Jewish West Bank settler who fled the scene.

Einas Khalil, 5, died hours after being struck near the central West Bank town of Sinjil, located northeast of Ramallah. Another 5-year-old Palestinian girl was also injured.

Residents of the Palestinian town accused the driver, 29, of the Yitzhar settlement, of deliberately hitting the girls, who were walking home from kindergarten.

The driver told police he did not stop after striking the girls because he feared for his life due to the crowd that had gathered around the injured girls, according to Ynet. He stopped in the nearest Jewish community, Ofra, where he reported the accident and turned himself in.

Israel Police said a preliminary investigation showed that the incident was an accident, according to Ynet.

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