Palestinian woman killed after alleged stabbing at West Bank checkpoint

Published November 9th, 2015 - 09:14 GMT

A 24-year-old Palestinian woman was shot dead by Israeli military forces at a checkpoint in Qalqiliya after she allegedly attempted to carry out a stabbing attack on Monday.

Israel's Defense Ministry said that a Palestinian woman approached cars at a military checkpoint north of the illegal Alfei Menashe settlement south of Qalqiliya, Israeli media reported.

Israeli forces reportedly asked the woman to stop advancing towards vehicles and fired warning shots in the air. She then drew a knife from her bag and Israeli soldiers shot her dead on the spot.

The incident occurred at around 7 a.m. at the Eliyahu checkpoint, with no Israelis injured.

The woman was identified as Rasha Muhammad Oweisi, 24.

Oweisi was carrying a note in her bag stating: "I'm doing this with a clear head. I can't bear what I see and I can't suffer anymore," according to Israeli news site Ynet.

The note also contained an apology to her family.

The death marks the 77th Palestinian to be killed since the beginning of last month, the majority of whom were shot dead by Israeli forces during alleged, attempted, and actual attacks on Israeli military and civilians.


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