Jan 18, 2022 08:16 UTC
  • Palestinian anti-occupation activist martyred of injuries after Israeli vehicle runs him over

An elderly Palestinian political activist has been martyred of injuries sustained nearly two weeks ago when he was run over by an Israeli police vehicle in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Health Ministry announced on Monday the death of the 75-year-old Suleiman al-Hathalin, a veteran activist against Israeli settlements and occupation.

According to the ministry, the activist was critically wounded in the head, chest and stomach after being deliberately run over by the Israeli police vehicle at the entrance to Umm al-Khair village in Masafer Yatta, south of in the city of al-Khalil.

An Israeli NGO dedicated to making public atrocities by the Israeli regime military said Hathalin was hit by a tow truck commissioned by Israeli police that was impounding Palestinian cars in the village. “After running over Haj Suleiman, the truck immediately left, without calling an ambulance. Hit and run, courtesy of Israel Police. That's what happens when Palestinian life has virtually no value in the eyes of the occupier.”

Hazem al-Hathalin, a relative, confirmed that al-Hathalin was struck by the truck, which “ran him over with its front and back wheels” before driving away.

A video circulated on social media showed a man lying on the road at Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank, as three soldiers approached with rifles trained on him.

Rights advocates say Israeli regime forces have adopted a ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy during clashes with Palestinians, even in clear cases where they could be captured.