Palestinian woman shot following alleged stabbing near illegal Israeli settlement

Published November 8th, 2015 - 11:30 GMT

An Israeli security guard on Sunday shot a Palestinian woman following an alleged stabbing attack at the entrance to the illegal Israeli settlement of Beitar Illit, near the Gush Etzion settlement bloc in the southern occupied West Bank, an Israeli army spokesperson said.

Israeli media has reported that the Palestinian woman was shot and killed, however an Israeli army spokesperson could not confirm the death.

The security guard was lightly injured during the incident, Israeli media reported.

The Palestinian woman has been identified by family as Hilwa Salim Darwish, from Husan village west of Bethlehem.

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.

The attack comes just hours after a Palestinian was shot dead near the Tapuah Junction south of Nablus after allegedly ramming a car into three Israelis.

Another Israeli was shot and injured in the leg at the scene, with Israeli media reporting that Israeli forces are investigating as to whether the shooting occurred when Israeli forces were aiming at the Palestinian driver.

One of the four Israelis injured in the first attack on Sunday is reportedly in critical condition.

Recent attacks come as Israeli intelligence said earlier this week that a recent lull in violence was unlikely to be long-term, citing high levels of frustration among the Palestinian public and a weakened Palestinian Authority.


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