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Palestinian Brothers Killed After Settler Run Over Them: Reports

The brothers were fixing a tire after their vehicle broke down when an Israeli settler ‘deliberately’ ran over them, local media reported.

Two Palestinian brothers died after an Israeli settler ran over them with his car near a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank, according to the Wafa news agency.

The two brothers, Mohammed and Muhannad Mutair, were “deliberately” run over at the Zaatara checkpoint, south of Nablus, the official Palestinian news agency said on Saturday.

In a press release, the director of the Jerusalem Governorate’s office in Qalandiya, Zakaria Fayala, said Mohammed’s body was transferred to a hospital in Nablus, while Muhannad was transferred to Hadassah Hospital before his death was announced. death.

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According to Fayala, the two brothers were traveling with three other siblings, running errands for their sister’s wedding next Friday, when their car broke down. They stopped to fix one of the tires, before the speeding settler’s car “deliberately” crashed into the group, resulting in the immediate death of Mohammed.

The settler then fled the scene, Fayala said.

Muhannad’s feet had been amputated by the car and he died shortly after arriving at Hadassa Hospital in critical condition, according to the Maan news agency.

Qalandiya, where the brothers lived, has announced a general strike for Sunday.

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A spokesman for Fatah, the largest faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization, described the incident as “a new heinous crime committed by fascism.”

“The Israeli occupation is determined to commit crimes and our people are determined to respond and defend themselves,” Munther al-Hayek said in a statement.

Two other brothers, Jawad and Dhafr Rimawi, were killed by Israeli forces last month after a raid on their neighboring village.

According to the United Nations, 2022 has been the deadliest year for Palestinians since 2006.

Israeli military incursions and killings in Palestinian towns and villages are taking place on an almost daily basis, in parallel with an increase in Palestinian armed attacks, as well as an increase in attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians.

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