BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Six Palestinians were killed and dozens others were injured in a car accident Tuesday afternoon involving at least one private car, a Palestinian public transportation vehicle, and a bus for Israeli settlers in the central occupied West Bank on Route 60 — the main highway that runs north and south in the territory.
The Palestinian Red Crescent reported about two hours after the accident that Israeli police were still holding the bodies of the six Palestinians.
Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said that the dead included four children, a woman, and a man, all of whom were riding in the Palestinian minibus, which generally seat about nine people.
Unconfirmed reports on Palestinian social media sites identified them as the male driver of the minibus, his wife, and their four children, who were from the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem.
Their bodies, trapped in the wreckage of the vehicle, were pulled out before being declared dead, al-Samri said.
Another Palestinian child was critically injured, and the driver of the Israeli bus was moderately injured, according to al-Samri.
Israel’s emergency medical service Magen David Adom (MDA) said it had evacuated a 17-year-old male in a severe condition to a hospital for treatment, and also said the Israeli bus driver, who was 50-years-old, was in moderate condition.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said vehicles collided on the highway near the illegal Israeli Ofra settlement, and that police were conducting an investigation into the details of the incident.
Jerusalem-based Palestinian outlet al-Quds News shared a video showing onlookers, Israeli medics, and security personnel surrounding the site of the accident.
(Source / 27.06.2017)