Four young Palestinian Authority girls died of suffocation in a car near Hevron while their parents were picking olives Thursday. One other girl in the car survived but is in critical condition, according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency.
The girls were locked inside the vehicle and were unable to unlock the doors. The ages of the girls who died ranged from 2 to 6.
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“The Israeli government is not interested in the collapse of the Palestinian Authority,” said Arbell, a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution who teaches at American University here. “There may be faults in Abbas and the leadership and in what they’re doing, but they’re still the safest bet.”