Galilee Villages in Mourning as Six People Killed in Nesher Collision Are Laid to Rest

Thousands attend funerals held for Riad Omar, 40, Dahash Amon, 17, Karim Dabbah, 18 and Abed al-Karim Dabbah, 18, who were buried in Dir al-Assad. The remaining two, Riad Darawshe, 40, and his nephew Ahmed Darawshe, 19, were buried in Iksal.

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Hundreds of mourners attended Thursday’s funerals of six people from the Galilee villages Dir al-Assad and Iksal who were killed a traffic collision in Nesher the day before.

Riad Omar, 40, Dahash Amon, 17, Karim Dabbah, 18 and Abed al-Karim Dabbah, 18, were buried in a joint funeral in Dir al-Assad. The remaining two, Riad Darawshe, 40, and his nephew Ahmed Darawshe, 19, were buried in Iksal.

Jamal Abu Siam, the driver of the truck that went out of control and veered into several cars, is hospitalized in Haifa’s Bnei Zion Medical Center. The court extended his custody by a week on Thursday. Police believe the double-trailer truck he was driving was overloaded and its brakes worn out.

Nine of the 14 people injured in the accident are hospitalized in Rambam Medical Center in Haifa − three in critical condition, two moderately hurt and the rest lightly hurt. Five others are hospitalized in Bnei Zion.

Mourners gathered outside the houses of the bereaved families in Dir al Assad. Local council head Nassar Sana’allah called an emergency council meeting and declared a day of mourning in the village.

“The feeling in the village is dreadful,” said Sana’allah. “We sat and looked at one another helplessly and thought about those laborers whose only sin was to have been at the wrong place at the wrong time and were crushed.”

The victims from Iksal, Riad Darawshe and his nephew Ahmed, were on their way home from a Haifa building site when the errant truck crashed into their car. They were killed on the spot. Riad was the father of two daughters and a son. Their funeral was to be held Thursday in Iksal following afternoon prayers.

“They must not blame the driver,” said Issam, a truck-driver for 22 years. “In most cases where Arabs are concerned, the trucks are not owned by the driver himself. This means that the maintenance is the employer’s responsibility.

Four victims of crash laid to rest in Dir al-Assad. Credit: Gil Eliahu

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