09 October 2010

The moment an Israeli motorist drove straight into a young Palestinian boy in East Jerusalem

Dramatic images have emerged of the moment an Israeli motorist drove straight into a young Palestinian boy in East Jerusalem today.

The child had been part of a group throwing stones at Israeli cars following news the country's military had killed two Hamas militants in the West Bank city of Hebron earlier on Friday.

Amazingly the boy only sustained 'light injuries' after being thrown into the air by the vehicle and twisting over its roof.

These pictures show the Subaru coming down a steep bend in East Jerusalem before being pelted by the youngsters.

The majority of the boys, with their t-shirts wrapped round their heads to disguise their identity, were lined up on either side of the road near a zebra crossing ready to attack the vehicle.

Two members of the group were positioned in the centre of the road - leading to the collision, with the motorist apparently driving straight into one of the boys.

One of the children was smashed over the car's bonnet, with the other knocked to the side of the road.

The accident occurred in the mostly Arab east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.

Earlier on Friday it was confirmed Israeli troops killed two senior Hamas militants as tensions between both sides continue to be severely strained with the peace process stalling once again over Israel's decision to re-start its settlement building.

The two gunmen were said to have been wanted in connection with the killing of four Israelis near Hebron in August.

A Hamas official in the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by the militant group, confirmed that both of the men killed were members of its armed wing.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also released a statement praising the military for killing the militants and promising that Israel would 'continue pursuing terrorists anytime and anywhere'.

The peace talks resumed at the White House on September 2 after a 20-month hiatus.

The talks again appeared to reach deadlock three weeks later when Mr Netanyahu refused to extend a ten-month halt to construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, prompting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to call for negotiations to be suspended. -www.dailymail.co.uk

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