Four Israelis and five Palestinians were killed in road accidents in Israel and the West Bank on Friday.
Two men in their 30s were killed in a two-car collision outside the southern town of Kuseife, Magen David Adom said in a statement after the night-time crash. Medics arrived at the scene to find one of the men laying on the street unconscious as his car went up in flames. They attempted to resuscitate both critically injured men but were forced to declare their deaths at the scene.
The victims were both believed to be residents of Kuseife. Police opened an investigation into the deadly crash.
Five Palestinians were killed in a collision between two vehicles near Nablus. Israeli medics from the military and Magen David Adom who arrived at the spot declared them dead at the scene. The cause of the crash was not immediately apparent.
Earlier in the day, two motorcycle riders were killed in separate crashes — one in between the northern towns of Arraba and Sakhnin and the other near the Shiloh settlement in the central West Bank.
Throughout the day three other people were seriously hurt in various accidents, while seven suffered moderate injuries.
The four Israeli deaths brought the year’s total to 310, according to the National Road Safety Authority. In 2020, the number was 302. In 2019 though, the death toll in traffic accidents was 349.