Seven Killed in Traffic Accidents

Seven people were killed in several traffic accidents this weekend across Israel and the West Bank.

On Friday, two vehicles collided on Route 60, north of Efrat in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, when a vehicle with a Palestinian license plate refused to yield right of way an Israeli vehicle, and struck it from the side, police said.

An Israeli woman in her 20s was killed and another seven people injured, two of moderately.

In Jerusalem, a pedestrian was critically injured when struck by a vehicle on Jerusalem's Hebron Road.

Also Friday, an SUV driven by an 18-year-old struck a palm tree and overturned on the main road of the Western Galilee village of Yarka. The driver's 10-year-old brother, identified as Sami Barakat, was killed.

Rescue crews said they found the child outside the vehicle seriously injured, and he died several minutes later. The driver, who was lightly hurt, will be questioned today by police.

Earlier Friday, just after midnight, a truck collided with a car at Yuvalim Junction in the Western Galilee. Police Superintendent Eitan Raz said one of the drivers failed to heed a red light, though it remains unclear which one.

Two passengers were killed instantly: Anjil Sama'an, 66, of the nearby village of Rameh, and Albir Elias, 29, of Maghar. Sama'an ran a day-care center in Rameh, and Elias and his sister were her adopted children.

Both drivers were lightly hurt, and were taken to Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya.

Also Friday, three Palestinians were killed in an accident on Route 55 in the northern West Bank near the village of Azun, between Karnei Shomron and Alfei Menashe. The wounded were evacuated to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva.