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Israeli child wounded by Palestinians near Huwara

The girl, age 3, was treated on the scene by Israeli forces.

Israeli security forces stand guard in Hawara, Samaria, March 20, 2023. Photo by Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90.
Israeli security forces stand guard in Hawara, Samaria, March 20, 2023. Photo by Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90.

An Israeli child was lightly wounded on Wednesday morning when Palestinian stoned Israeli vehicles on a road in the area of Huwara, according to Israel’s Army Radio.

The three-year-old girl was treated on the scene by Israel Defense Forces medics in the area and did not require evacuation to a hospital, the report added.

Four Israelis have been killed in Huwara in the past year—brothers Hallel and Yagel Yaniv in February and father and son Shay Silas and Aviad Nir Nigrekar in August.

Dual Israeli-U.S. citizen David Stern, 41, narrowly survived a shooting on March 19 while he was driving through Huwara with his wife on their way to Jerusalem.

Two Israeli soldiers were also wounded in a drive-by shooting in the village on March 25. A few days later, dozens of Arabs stoned cars traveling through Huwara bearing Israeli license plates.

Route 60, the main north-south highway in Judea and Samaria, runs through the village, which is located just outside Shechem (Nablus). The main section of a road that bypasses the town is scheduled to open later this month.

Work on the road began approximately two years ago, with several delays in the beginning. The construction received a boost in the form of an additional 50 million shekels ($13.2 million) following the murder of the Yaniv brothers and was initially planned to be completed by December.

Israeli Transportation Minister Miri Regev has lauded the project, saying the bypass road “will save lives and give residents a sense of security.”

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