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Palestinian woman dies during Israeli raid on Abu Dis home

Sept. 21, 2008 9:23 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 21, 2008 9:23 A.M.)
Jerusalem - Ma'an - A Palestinian woman from Abu Dis in East Jerusalem died on Sunday morning after being pushed to the ground by Israeli soldiers who stormed her home, Palestinian sources told Ma'an.

The sources identified the woman as 60-year-old Maryam Ayyad. Israeli soldiers pushed her aside when she tried to block their way into her home, where they were seeking to arrest university students lodging upstairs.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed to Reuters that military activity had been going on in Abu Dis, but she would not comment on the death of the elderly Palestinian woman. She indicated that an investigation was opened to find out the circumstances around the woman's death, which appeared to be the result of an accident.

An Israeli military source said the woman suffered from heart problems, while Israeli media reported that the woman "had taken a step backwards, fallen down, hit her head and died." While Palestinian medical sources estimated that the elderly woman died as she was pushed to the ground and hit on the head.

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