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5 Palestinians confess to attack that critically hurt toddler

Stone-throwing caused major accident near West Bank settlement of Ariel, sending 6 to the hospital, including 2-year-old

Adiv Sterman is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Police inspect the damage to a car that collided with a truck after Palestinians hurled rocks at it Thursday, March 14 (photo credit: image capture Channel 2)
Police inspect the damage to a car that collided with a truck after Palestinians hurled rocks at it Thursday, March 14 (photo credit: image capture Channel 2)

The Shin Bet security service announced on Sunday that it had arrested five Palestinian teenagers from the West Bank village of Hares on suspicion of involvement in a stone-throwing attack that caused a major accident and left a toddler fighting for her life.

According to security forces, the five, males aged 16-17, confessed to taking part in the attack 10 days ago. Six people were injured, one critically, after stones thrown by the Palestinian teens caused a car to collide with a truck near the settlement of Ariel.

Yakir resident Adva Bitton and her 3 daughters — aged 2, 4 and 6 — were injured in the crash. The 2-year-old’s condition was described as critical. The truck driver and a bus driver who was also on the scene were lightly injured.

Eyewitnesses said the accident occurred after Bitton lost control of her car because of rocks thrown at her.

“This is a terror attack like any other,” a senior IDF source described the accident to a Channel 10 News reporter. “The rocks were thrown by Palestinians from one of the nearby villages.”

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