A Jewish-Israeli man aged 54 died on Tuesday afternoon, after he was hit by a vehicle on Route 60 in the West Bank. The victim was identified as Avraham (Asher) Chasno, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba.
According to a preliminary investigation, the man was driving on Route 60 when rocks were hurled at his car. This prompted him to exit his car near the Palestinian refugee camp of Al-Fawar in the southern Hebron Hills. A Palestinian truck driver then ran him over and drove off.
Magen David Adom ambulance services that arrived at the site shortly after receiving a report at 12:30 P.M. that a man had been hit by a vehicle, found him strewn beside his car unconscious and not breathing. Attempts to resuscitate him failed, and the medics pronounced him dead at the scene.
After the incident, the truck driver turned himself in to Palestinian police and claimed he ran over the Israeli by accident. Later, he was turned over to the Shin Bet for questioning. According to a source in the defense establishment, the driver's testimony didn't lead investigators to completely rule out the possibility that the incident was intentional. Press footage, as well as footage from surveillance cameras in the area, could aid the investigation. Soldiers stationed in a nearby post will also testify. Some details, like the fact that Chasno's car was on the opposite lane, were still unexplained.
Chasno is survived by his wife Ruti, seven children and nine grandchildren.
Earlier Tuesday, an Israeli officer was lightly wounded when a Palestinian assailant stabbed him near the Negohot settlement in the southern Hebron Hills.
Tensions have been mounting lately in the Hebron area after four attacks occured in the area.
On Friday afternoon, an Israeli soldier was stabbed and moderately wounded during clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians near Hebron. The terrorist was shot and killed on the scene.
On Saturday, the Israel Defense Forces said an Israeli pedestrian shot and killed a Palestinian who tried to stab him. Later, a Palestinian woman stabbed a female officer at a Border Police base in Hebron and lightly injured her before the officer shot her dead, police said. In the third incident that day, a 20-year-old soldier was wounded in a stabbing attack near the Tomb of the Patriachs in Hebron. The assailant was shot, apparently by the soldier, and seriously wounded.
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