Daily Israel Report

Hevron: 5 Children Die in Closed Car

Relatives of the toddlers left them in the car and went to harvest olives.
By Dalit Halevy
First Publish: 10/17/2013, 8:03 PM

Palestinian Authority car
Palestinian Authority car
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Tragedy in Hevron. Five children aged 3 to 6 died Thursday after being left for a long time inside a closed car, according to Maj. Ibrahim Al-Abasi, spokesman for the Palestinian Authority's Hevron police.

Al Abasi said that the children were from the Al-Fatafta family.

Relatives of the children had brought them with them to a location near Tarkumia, and left them in the car as the adults went off to harvest olives.

Two of the children were aged 5 and 6, said the spokesman, and the three others were aged 3 to 4. They were unable to open the car's doors from the inside and according to police, died of asphyxiation.

Another report said that four girls died and one was in serious condition.