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Fatal bus crash in the West Bank

Jerusalem, Israel - November 26, 2015 4:01PM

A bus carrying IDF soldiers overturned earlier today (26/11/15) near the West Bank settlement of Rimonim near Ramallah, killing one Israeli soldier and injuring tens of passengers, several seriously.

ZAKA Jerusalem commander and veteran volunteer Benzi Oring: "This was a bullet-proof bus that overturned at the side of the road with over 30 passengers who were injured. A young woman aged about 18 was killed at the site, two others were seriously wounded and the remaining passengers were lightly injured. We arrived at the scene of the crash; a military helicopter evacuated the seriously wounded to hospital and a team of ZAKA volunteers are working to clear the site of human remains after dealing with the body of the crash victim. The cause of the accident is still under investigation."

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