Israeli Police Investigating Palestinian Woman’s Death in Car
Israeli police said on Saturday they were investigating the death of a Palestinian woman in the West Bank, after her husband said he suspected Israeli settlers had pelted their car with rocks.
Reuters was unable to verify the circumstances of the incident independently. However, footage of the car, which a Reuters cameraman said bore Palestinian license plates, showed what appeared to be a blood-stained broken brick at the foot of the passenger seat, which was covered in shattered glass.
A doctor at the Palestinian hospital where Aisha al-Rawbi was brought said the 47-year-old was dead on arrival and had suffered a head injury. Her relatives said an autopsy was to be carried out.
The woman’s husband, Aykube al-Rawbi, 52, said he was driving by a settlement late on Friday after dark along a main road near the Palestinian city of Nablus and that he could not see who pelted the car.
“The stones came from the side where the settlement is. I could hear the people speak Hebrew, but I didn’t see them,” said al-Rawbi.
Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said: “Police arrived in the area and have opened an investigation.” An Israeli court issued a gag order on details of the inquiry.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in a statement published by the official Palestinian news agency Wafa that it was “an ugly crime” perpetrated by settlers.
On Sunday, a Palestinian terrorist shot dead two Israelis and wounded a third near a West Bank community and on Thursday the Israeli military said a Palestinian had stabbed an Israeli soldier in the area.
On Friday, Gaza health officials said Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians in riots along Gaza’s border. Israel said its troops shot a group who broke through the fence with a bomb and attacked an army post.