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Palestinian taxi driver hospitalised after Israeli attack

June 5, 2017 at 3:40 pm

Image of Israeli soldiers surrounding a Palestinian driver and his vehicle [Nedal Eshtayah/Apaimages]

Israeli forces violently assaulted a Palestinian taxi driver “for no reason” near the village of Nabi Salih west of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank last night, members of his family told Ma’an.

Tamir Farah Tamimi was driving his taxi back home to Nabi Salih after a day of work when Israeli soldiers stopped him at a military checkpoint near the entrance to the village and started to punch him and hit him with the butts of their rifles.

Members of his family said that Tamimi began bleeding severely from his head and was unconscious when he was evacuated in an Israeli ambulance to a hospital in Israel.

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The extent of his injuries and the location of the hospital where Tamimi was being treated remain unknown.

In response to a request for comment, an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that “during an arrest at the village of Nabi Salih, a confrontation erupted between IDF forces and a Palestinian. The Palestinian was injured and evacuated by IDF forces to a hospital for medical treatment, and incident is currently being reviewed.”

The spokesperson could not comment on the reasons behind the alleged arrest, or confirm if the incident took place at the checkpoint while Tamimi was attempting to pass through in his vehicle.