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Palestinian man injured after being hit by settler's car near Hebron

Israeli soldiers search a car at a check point in Hebron, West Bank on January 26, 2017 [Wisam Hashlamoun - Anadolu Agency]
Israeli soldiers search a car at a check point in Hebron, West Bank on January 26, 2017 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Anadolu Agency]

A Palestinian man was injured this evening after being hit by an Israeli settler's vehicle at the entrance of the town of Beit Ummar in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

Local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad identified the injured man as 36-year-old Rafat Muhammad Shihdeh Abu Arrar Masalmeh from the Deir Samet town west of Hebron City.

Awad added that the incident occurred when Masalmeh stepped out of his car in order to talk to his brother, who had parked in front of him on the side of the road.

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He added that Masalmeh was talking to his brother when an Israeli settler in a private vehicle "deliberately" ran him over.

Masalmeh sustained several injuries across his body and face and was immediately transferred by a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance to a hospital in Hebron City.

Awad added that the settler fled the area, but Israeli police later picked him up in a military jeep and claimed that the incident was an accident.

An Israeli police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

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