JERUSALEM (TheBlaze/AP) — The Israeli military says it has arrested 10 Palestinians suspected of throwing rocks at Israeli cars and causing a crash that badly injured a 2-year-old Israeli baby.
The car crash took place Thursday near the West Bank settlement of Ariel. The army said in a statement that it considers the rock throwing as “terror.”
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says an Israeli mother driving her three daughters crashed at the time of the rock throwing. He said the police assume the rocks caused the crash, but are still investigating. Hospital officials say the Israeli infant is in critical condition.
Below, see footage from the scene:
Algemeiner has additional details:
According to Tazpit News Agency, a serious traffic collision took place at the Gitai Avisar junction, near Ariel in Samaria in what appeared to be the result of rock throwing by a group of Arabs. According to eye witnesses, Arabs throwing rocks were able to strike a bus on the road, as well as a passing truck, lightly injuring both drivers. The truck driver was subsequently forced to pull over and a car that followed was also struck by the rocks. The car’s driver lost control of her vehicle and crashed into the parked truck, around 6:30 p.m.
The family inside the car was seriously injured in the crash, with the mother suffering serious injuries. The mother’s two-year-old girl was left in critical condition, while her other two daughters, ages 4 and 6, suffered moderate injuries.
In an interview with Arutz Sheva, a paramedic named Yonatan explained the incident in detail.
“The accident apparently took place because a truck stopped at the side of the road due to the rock attacks, and the private vehicle hit the truck for reasons that are not yet known,” explained the medical professional. “A mother and her daughters, including a year-old baby, were trapped in the private vehicle. We provided treatment and after a protracted extrication, MDA and IDF teams evacuated them to the hospital, with the year-old baby’s condition being termed critical.”
Police are on high alert Friday for demonstrations by Muslim worshippers at a holy site in Jerusalem.
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