Police probing death of 2-year-old girl in Rahat

Child brought to a local health clinic with a head injury and multi-systemic trauma, where medics declare her death; police say incident may have been a car crash

The Bedouin city of Rahat in southern Israel, on April 8, 2019. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)
The Bedouin city of Rahat in southern Israel, on April 8, 2019. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

Police on Tuesday opened an investigation into the death of a 2-year-old girl, after she was brought to a clinic with a serious head injury from a suspected car accident.

Medics in the southern Bedouin city of Rahat called to the scene said that the girl was also suffering other unspecified injuries.

“When we arrived at the clinic we joined a doctor who was performing CPR on a toddler who suffered a severe head injury and multi-systemic trauma. We continued the medical treatment together and performed advanced CPR but her injury was critical, and we were ultimately forced to declare her death,” a Magen David Adom medic said.

Police said traffic officers were at the scene investigating the matter as a suspected vehicular crash. It was not immediately clear where the incident took place.

On Friday, a three-year-old died after being electrocuted under unclear circumstances in southern Israel.

The child was brought to a local health clinic in the Bedouin town of Ar’arat an-Naqab (Ar’ara BaNegev) near Beersheba, with signs of electrocution to his hand, MDA said.

Ar’ara and many other recognized and unrecognized Bedouin towns in southern Israel suffer from a lack of basic utilities and poor infrastructure.

It was not yet clear how Friday’s electrocution happened.

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