Three-Year-Old Criticially Hurt in Rock-Throwing

YERUSHALAYIM -

A three-year-old girl was critically injured in a rock-throwing incident on Thursday night on Highway 5 outside of Ariel in the Shomron.

The car she was traveling in veered into an oncoming truck after it was struck by stone-throwers.

Although police are still investigating and no arrests have been reported, before the crash many drivers reported that Palestinians were hurling stones at cars driving on the road that connects Tel Aviv with Ariel and other communities in Yehudah and Shomron.

Security forces have noted a sharp rise in rock-throwing and Molotov cocktail attacks in the region in recent months.

Police said the girl’s mother and her two sisters, ages four and five, were all moderately injured in the accident. Emergency services arrived to extricate the woman and her four-year-old, who were trapped in the car, and evacuate the family to Rabin Medical Center in Petach Tikva.

The child injured in the incident is the daughter of former MK Yechiel Chazan. The name for Tehillim is Adel (or Udel) bas Adva.

Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party, issued a statement saying, “Some do not take stone-throwing seriously and prevent action against [stone-throwers]. Stone-throwers attempt to kill and should be dealt with accordingly.”

Some 139 attacks, including firebombings and improvised explosives, occurred in February, compared to 83 in January.