BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and critically injured a 22-year-old Palestinian woman on Monday after she allegedly stabbed an Israeli settler near Gush Etzion in the southern West Bank.
Palestinian sources identified the woman as 22-year-old Amal Jamal Taqatqa from the nearby town of Beit Fajjar.
The Israeli settler suffered minor injuries in the stabbing at a major crossroads near the Gush Etzion bloc, south of Bethlehem, the Israeli army said in a statement.
Israeli police said in an initial statement that the woman was shot after stabbing a soldier.
"Security forces on site overpowered the suspect and transferred her for further medical assistance," the statement said.
Eyewitnesses said a group of Israeli soldiers opened fire heavily at Taqatqa from a distance of around 20 meters.
She was shot four times and taken to Hadassah hospital, where she is said to be in a critical condition.
Witnesses said Israeli forces prevented the Palestinian Red Crescent from reaching her following the shooting.
Local sources said she was probably questioned by the Israeli army on her hospital bed.
Locals in Beit Fajjar told Ma'an that over 30 Israeli military vehicles stormed the town shortly after the incident and ransacked Taqatqa's family home.
Taqatqa's family denied claims that she attempted to stab an Israeli and said the Israeli army deliberately targeted her and shot her in cold blood.AFP contributed to this report