(photo credit: Reuters)
Palestinian rock-throwers who caused a car crash on Route 5 that seriously
wounded toddler Edel Biton were to be charged Monday in the Judea and Samaria
Military Court, a security source told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.
suspects who allegedly caused the car crash that seriously wounded Biton were
arrested by security forces on March 24.
The incident occurred on March
14, when rocks hurled at a car near Ariel in the West Bank caused it to swerve
and smash into a truck, injuring the child and seven other
Biton was hospitalized in serious condition at the Schneider
Children’s Medical Center for Israel in Petah Tikva. Her two sisters and her
mother were moderately wounded. The sisters, who sat in the back seat, were not
in the part of the vehicle that was trapped under the truck, said a
“Those involved in the attack, five youths aged 16 and 17 from the
village of Haras, admitted during questioning by the Shin Bet (Israel Security
Agency) to their involvement in the attack,” the Shin Bet said upon arresting
Among those lightly wounded in the incident by glass
shattered by rocks was the wife of former Likud MK Yehiel Hazon.
Magen David Adom medics who raced to the scene focused on the mother, 32, and
her three young daughters. It took 25 minutes to pull the family out of the car,
medic Muawia Kabha said.
The youngest girl was not breathing. Medics were
able to revive her with mouth-to- mouth resuscitation, but she was initially
unconscious and in critical condition.
“It was an awful scene. It looked
like a terrorist attack,” Kabha added.
The Shin Bet added that in recent
months, local terrorism has increased in the West Bank, particularly rock
throwing by Palestinians at Israeli civilian vehicles.
results of this attack illustrate once more the danger inherent in these types
of local terrorism incidents.”Yaakov Lappin, Tovah Lazaroff and Ben
Hartman contributed to this report.