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Palestinian gunmen open fire on Qalandiya checkpoint

Nov. 24, 2015 11:39 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 24, 2015 11:39 A.M.)
RAMMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian gunmen opened fire on Qalandiya checkpoint on Monday night after a resident of Qalandiya refugee camp, 16-year-old Hadeel Awwad, was shot dead in central Jerusalem earlier in the day after she allegedly attempted a stabbing attack.

Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Fatah's military wing, claimed responsibility for the attack, which did not result in any reported injuries.

The brigades said they would continue to target Qalandiya checkpoint, as well as Israeli settlements, settlers and soldiers, in order to "defend" the Palestinian people.

On Monday morning, Israeli forces shot dead Hadeel Awwad after she and her cousin, 14-year-old Norhan Awwad, were allegedly involved in a stabbing attack near a central Jerusalem market.

The two girls were only armed with scissors when they were shot, and the two Israelis they were initially reported to have injured turned out to be a 70-year-old Palestinian resident of Bethlehem, with a light wound to his back, and an Israeli man who had been shot in the hand by friendly fire.

Hadeel's brother, Mahmoud Awwad, died in 2013, several months after he was shot and wounded during clashes with Israeli forces inside Qalandiya refugee camp.
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