Israeli girl, 9, wounded by rock in West Bank attack
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Israeli girl, 9, wounded by rock in West Bank attack

Vehicle hit on the road between settlements of Efrat and Tekoa; victim taken to hospital with light injuries

A view of Efrat, a settlement near Jerusalem (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
A view of Efrat, a settlement near Jerusalem (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

A nine-year-old Israeli girl was lightly injured Sunday after Palestinians threw rocks at the car she was traveling in on a road in the West Bank, the Magen David Adom ambulance service said.

The incident came as Palestinians continued to protest US President Donald Trump’s recognition last week of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

MDA received alert that a young girl was injured on route 356, near the Amos Junction, which lies between the settlements of Efrat, Tekoa and Ma’ale Amos in the West Bank, about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) south of Jerusalem.

Paramedics treated the girl and took her to  Hadassah Hospital at Ein Kerem in Jerusalem, MDA said in a statement.

Trump’s decision last week to officially recognize Jerusalem and, in the future, to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the capital, sparked mass Palestinian rioting across the West Bank.

Clashes on Saturday, though smaller in scope than on Friday, saw Palestinian protesters hurling rocks and flaming tires at Israeli troops, who responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds. Two Palestinian protesters were killed in the clashes.

In his Wednesday address from the White House, Trump defied worldwide warnings and insisted that after repeated failures to achieve peace a new approach was long overdue. He described his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the seat of Israel’s government as merely based on reality.

The move was hailed by Netanyahu and by leaders across much of the Israeli political spectrum, but condemned by much of the rest of the world. Trump stressed that he was not specifying the boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in the city, and called for no change in the status quo at the city’s holy sites.

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