Eight Palestinian children die in W.Bank crash (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 02/16/12)
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At least eight Palestinian children and a teacher were killed
Thursday when an articulated lorry skidded on a wet road in the West
Bank and collided with a school bus, police and medics said.
"There are between eight and 10 Palestinian children dead ... and
more than 30 injured," Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP.
Medical officials at the main hospital in the West Bank city of
Ramallah said a teacher was among the dead, and that many of the
children were "of kindergarten age" -- between four and six years old.
Relatives of the injured told AFP the bus was carrying children from
a Palestinian school in Anata in east Jerusalem who were going on an
outing to Ramallah.
A spokesman for Israel´s emergency services put the injury toll at
closer to 40, and said those hurt had been taken to hospitals in
Jerusalem and Ramallah.
Police said the accident occurred when the lorry skidded on the wet
road at a busy junction just north of Jerusalem, with the truck
driver, who was Arab, also injured in the collision.
Relatives of the injured said he was a Palestinian from east
"A horrific traffic accident took place north of Jerusalem,
apparently there was a crash between and Israeli lorry and a
Palestinian bus which had children on it. As a result, the bus
flipped over and burst into flames," a police statement said.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas declared three days of national
mourning and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent
condolences and an offer of help.
"Flags will fly at half-mast at all institutions," Abbas said in a
Netanyahu "expresses his regret at the death of the teacher and the
pupils," his office said. "The prime minister offers the Palestinian
Authority any aid it may request." (Copyright © 2012 Agence France
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