Unknown Assailants Hurl Brick at Car in West Bank, Injuring 7-year-old Palestinian Girl

Security officials tell Haaretz incident is severe, suspect local settlers are responsible for attack.

A Palestinian woman and her 7-year-old daughter were wounded Friday when unknown assailants hurled a brick at their car as it was passing the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar.

Security officials in the area told Haaretz the incident is severe, and they will investigate suspicions that the assailants are settlers who live in the area.

Local authorities in the area of Judea and Samaria where the incident took place met with police Friday to demand they bring the assailants to justice.

Civilian authorities allowed the mother and daughter to drive to Tel Aviv for medical treatment at Ichilov Hospital. The two victims, residents of Ramallah, were visiting relatives in Tul Karm and were on their way home when the incident took place.

Recent weeks have seen an upturn in the number of reports of violent incidents against Palestinians by West Bank settlers.

This week, two Italian peace activists issued a complaint that they and a group of Palestinian children were attacked by settlers. The activists were reportedly escorting the children home from Summer camp outside Hebron, even though the children were supposed to have been escorted by IDF troops due to recent episodes of violence by settlers.

In July, a video was released of a settler kicking a Palestinian who was tied to a telephone pole at the time.

In June, a Palestinian shepherd issued a complaint that he was attacked outside Yitzhar by a group of settlers who hurled rocks at him and stabbed his donkey. A few days before that incident, a video was released of three masked settlers from Susya with sticks and clubs attacking three members of the same family in the southern Hebron Hills on the evening of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.