A Zionist bus driver killed two Palestinian workers this morning in a hit-and-run incident in the occupied West Bank.
Palestinian security sources said the workers were struck by a bus, which had been empty of passengers, near a military checkpoint known as 300, located at the northern entrance to the occupied city of Bethlehem.
Thousands of Palestinians from the southern occupied West Bank must cross this barrier to work in occupied eastern Jerusalem al Quds.
The checkpoint was built more than a decade ago as part of Israel’s Apartheid Separation Wall, deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004.
According to the Wafa news agency, the two young men killed were identified as 29-year-old Ziad Ali Hussein Abiyat, who was trapped beneath the bus and 30-year-old Jaafar Omar Abaya. Five other Palestinians were injured in the incident.
Palestinian authorities hold the Israeli officials fully responsible for the incident by failing to “rehabilitate special garages to transport Palestinian workers to their worksites”.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society said its medics had treated a number of injured Palestinians at the scene before they were rushed to the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem al Quds, while another was taken to a West Bank hospital.
The bus was reportedly located by Israeli soldiers, however, the driver apparently fled on foot.
Around 133,000 Palestinians with special permits work in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.