Ramallah: A six year old Palestinian girl was killed Saturday evening in a hit-and-run case in which Palestinians suspect an Israeli from the West Bank colony of Efrat.
The Israeli occupation’s police had not been able to identify the suspected colonist driver accused of striking Lama Moussa.
Lama was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Israeli regime announced that its paramedics arrived at the scene and attempted to treat Lama but were unable to save her life. The Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) announced on Sunday that Israel officially informed the PRC teams to receive Lama’s body for burial.
Thousands of Palestinians from Bethlehem took part in Lama’s funeral in her home village of Al Khader, where a general strike was observed in the entire governorate of Bethlehem to protest and mourn the killing of the child.
Sources in Bethlehem said that running over of Palestinian pedestrians, especially children in hit and run cases is a not uncommon. Jewish colonists in the West Bank are often accused of running over Palestinians.
The sources, who requested anonymity, said that according to the Israeli report, Lama was struck at the entrance of Efrat colony which is under strict camera surveillance and where Israeli police can easily identify the driver.
The sources said that Lama’s family and her village’s local council addressed the issue with the Palestinian officials coordinating security issues with their Israeli counterparts, but it was reported that the Israeli police have not yet provided details. Tens of Palestinians around the West Bank colonies have died in similar cases, with the Israeli police unable to identify and arrest the hit and run colonist drivers.