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Palestinian woman shot dead after alleged car attack at Gush Etzion

March 4, 2016 10:03 A.M. (Updated: March 5, 2016 9:31 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot dead a 34-year-old Palestinian woman on Friday morning after she allegedly rammed her car into an Israeli soldier stationed at the Gush Etzion junction in the southern occupied West Bank.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that after the woman hit the soldier with her car, Israeli forces "responded to the imminent threat" by shooting and killing her.

The spokesperson said the soldier was evacuated to hospital, although she was unable to confirm his condition.

She alleged that a knife was found in the woman's car.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health later identified the woman as 34-year-old Amani Husni Sabatin from the nearby village of Husan in western Bethlehem.

The head of Husan's village council, Hasan Hamamreh, told Ma'an that Israeli forces had sealed the eastern and western entrances of the village following Sabatin's death.

He rejected the army's allegations that she had attempted to carry out an attack, saying her death was an "obvious execution" that continues Israel's crimes and violations against Palestinians.

Hamamreh said Sabatin was married and the mother of four children, the eldest of whom is a 14-year-old daughter. Her husband works in Israel.

He added that the Israeli authorities had summoned Sabatin's husband, father, and brother to the Etzion detention center to identify her body.

It was not clear when her body would be released for her funeral.

The Gush Etzion junction -- the entrance point to the illegal Gush Etzion settlement bloc -- has seen numerous deadly encounters since a surge of violence shook the occupied Palestinian territory at the beginning of October last year.

Around 180 Palestinians and nearly 30 Israelis have now been killed across the occupied territory and Israel since then.

While Israel alleges many of those were attempting to attack Israelis when they were shot, Palestinians and rights groups have disputed Israel's version of events in a number of cases.

Rights groups have also repeatedly condemned Israeli forces for the unnecessary use of lethal force against Palestinians who did not pose an imminent threat at the time of their death.

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