Palestinian woman killed by Israeli occupation forces at Nablus checkpoint

Published October 19th, 2016 - 11:39 GMT
Israeli soldiers patrol a street, east of the West Bank city of Nablus. (AFP/File)
Israeli soldiers patrol a street, east of the West Bank city of Nablus. (AFP/File)

Israeli forces Wednesday shot and killed a young Palestinian woman at the Zaatara military checkpoint south of the occupied West Bank district of Nablus after an alleged stabbing attempt on Israeli border police.

The slain woman has not yet been identified.

An Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that according to initial reports, a young Palestinian woman approached Israeli border guards stationed at the Tappuah junction, using the Israeli term for the area around the checkpoint, and after "ignoring their directives and their calls for her to stop," pulled out a knife. Israeli forces then opened live fire on the young woman and "neutralized" her.

Al-Samri added that the woman "seemingly" died, but could not confirm her death. However, Hebrew language media outlets have reported that the woman was killed during the incident.

The woman became the 224th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli soldiers and settlers since a wave of violence first spread across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel last year.

Throughout the unrest, rights groups have repeatedly denounced what they have termed Israeli forces' "shoot-to-kill" policy against Palestinians who did not constitute a threat at the time of their death or who could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner.

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