Woman, 45, killed in crash with car after crossing road August 24, 2021 August 24, 2021 admin

A woman has died after being struck by a car on a busy road in the West Bank, officials said on Sunday.

The woman was travelling east on the highway from Jerusalem to the Bethlehem town of Kfar Saba when she was struck by the car on the road near the settlement of Silwan, according to local police.

The car, driven by an 18-year-old Palestinian man, was traveling at a high rate of speed and was traveling on the wrong side of the road, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

The Israeli army said it was investigating.

The accident comes amid heightened tensions between Israelis and Palestinians following a deadly wave of Palestinian attacks and settler violence that began with an Israeli army raid on a Palestinian family home in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday the Israeli army would not hesitate to respond to any future attacks on Israelis.

The army, he added, would “respond with force if necessary.”

The Israeli military on Sunday said it had arrested a Palestinian youth suspected of involvement in the fatal accident and was searching for him.

The death comes just days after two Palestinians were killed and at least 17 others were injured in clashes on the outskirts of the West Ramallah town of Nablus, which Israel says is under the control of Hamas, the Islamist movement that rules the Gaza Strip.