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Israeli forces kill Palestinian woman, 72, after alleged car attack

Nov. 6, 2015 1:59 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 7, 2015 8:21 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and killed an elderly Palestinian woman after an alleged vehicle attack in Halhul, north of Hebron on Friday.

A spokesperson at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem told Ma'an that the woman, aged 72, was dead upon arrival at the hospital.

Israeli media reported that the woman attempted to run over Israeli soldiers in Halhul and was shot and seriously wounded by Israeli forces.

The Jerusalem Post said that a "suspicious vehicle" drove at Israeli soldiers, with forces opening fire at the car.

No Israeli injuries were reported.

The victim was identified as Tharwat al-Sharawi, 72. Her husband, Fouad, was killed by Israeli forces during the First Intifada.

Two Palestinian youths who were standing at a gas station nearby were injured as Israeli gunfire shattered the car's windows.

Both youths were taken to the al-Ahli hospital in Hebron to treat their injuries, which were described as moderate.

Al-Sharawi was the 74th 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.

On Wednesday, Ibrahim Skafi, 22, was also shot dead by Israeli forces in Halhul after a vehicular attack that left a 20-year-old border policeman seriously injured.

The town of Halhul, north of Hebron city, was sealed by Israeli forces following the attack and clashes broke out across the area.

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.

Tharwat al-Sharawi, 72.

Halhul-area clashes

Clashes broke out following al-Shawari’s death when Israeli forces were deployed across the area.

In the Ras al-Jora area of Halhul, 15 Palestinians were injured by live fire and six by rubber-coated steel bullets during the clashes, a Red Crescent spokesman Said al-Khatib told Ma’an, adding that 10 others suffered from severe tear gas inhalation.

Clashes also broke out near Wasaya al-Rasoul Mosque south of Hebron after Israeli forces surrounded the holy site and prevented worshippers from entering.

Nine Palestinians were injured with live bullets, most of them in the lower extremities, during clashes in other areas of Halhul, head of the Health Work Committees center, Ramzi Yusif, told Ma'an.

Yusif said some of the injured had to be taken to hospitals with private cars after being given first aid due to Israeli closures in the area, while others are still waiting for ambulances to arrive on scene to evacuate them to Hebron hospitals.

He added that Israeli forces blocked the doors of a medical center in Tariq Bin Ziyad area in southern Hebron, preventing people inside from leaving the building after a shooting attack took place in the area.

An Israeli army spokesperson had no immediate information on clashes in the area.
Julie / USA
"...74th Palestinian to be killed..." Palestinian UN envoy informed Sec Gen Moon that israel's been busy harvesting the organs of those slain, which only confirms to all the world that israel has black soul. can't sink any further into evil than israel.
06/11/2015 16:11
Stan Squires / Canada
I am from Vancouver,Canada and I supports the Heroic Palestinian Woman, Tharwat al-Sharawi who died fighting for liberty and justice in Palestine.She will be remembered long after Israeli apartheid is gone and forgot about.The majority of people in the world supports these brave Palestinians.
06/11/2015 20:54
carlos / usa
May she rest in peace. They executed her. israel never gets tired of shooting an innocent to death and lying about the circumstances.
06/11/2015 21:16
Budd / Canada
Sadly the idiotic mayhem continues as Israel continues it's expansion of Palistinian lands. Eventually the coming surge of rebellion will sweep the aparhistic state into oblivion. The lunacy must stop before the entire area is engulfed in the flames of hate and destruction.
09/11/2015 19:19
Outlier / USA
Budd, you clearly do not know apartheid. The best examples are Arab countries: Egypt, Iraq, Yemen and - yes - the Palestinian territories.
13/11/2015 05:50
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