Eight Palestinians were killed Thursday in a collision between a heavy truck and a minibus on the occupied West Bank, official Palestinian media reported.
“President Mahmoud Abbas has declared a day of mourning throughout Palestine on Friday in memory of the victims,” the official Wafa news agency reported.
The accident took place at a roundabout on Highway 90, which runs along the Jordan Valley in an Israeli-controlled West Bank area near the village of Fayyasel, according to the same source.
A Red Cross rescuer at the Magen David Adom Emergency Center spoke of a “shocking” scene describing the crash. “We saw a truck and a private car crash on the side of the road,” he said.
Israeli rescuers had earlier said seven people had been killed and three seriously injured when they were airlifted to Israeli hospitals.
The identities of the victims were not immediately known.
Palestinian police told AFP that the victims were workers in the Akramba area, near the city of Nablus.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gandz expressed his condolences to the Palestinian families of the victims in a message of support written in Arabic and Hebrew.
Source From: Capital