Israeli military jeep hits Palestinian teen, 'injures her seriously'
Published Saturday 08/03/2014 (updated) 08/03/2014 20:18
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- An Israeli military vehicle on Saturday hit a Palestinian girl in the southern West Bank, injuring her seriously, a local spokesman said.
Nidal al-Haddar, spokesman for Yatta's popular committee, told Ma'an that an Israeli military jeep hit 14-year-old Samirah Tawfiq Awad during a protest in Yatta.
Samirah was transferred to a nearby hospital, where medics said she had sustained serious injuries.
Locals organized the demonstration to protest against Israel's confiscation of their land in the Um al-Arayis neighborhood, he added.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said 30 Palestinians were gathered in the area, and Israeli soldiers arrived at the scene in order to insure "the gathering wouldn't evolve into a violent riot."
"One vehicle bumped into a Palestinian by accident," the spokeswoman said. "There were no apparent injuries, but the Red Crescent took her to the hospital for examinations."
The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.