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Teenage Palestinian girl wounded after attempted stabbing near Israeli settlement in Salfit

July 5, 2016 6:08 P.M. (Updated: July 9, 2016 10:35 P.M.)
Israeli soldiers inspect a Palestinian car at a checkpoint close to the West Bank village of Beit Furik, on Oct. 2, 2015. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian teenage girl was shot and seriously injured in the stomach outside the illegal Israeli settlement of Ariel on Tuesday afternoon, after she allegedly attempted to carry out a stabbing attack.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that a Palestinian woman attempted to stab a soldier at a junction west of Ariel on Tuesday afternoon, when she was shot and detained by Israeli forces.

No Israelis were injured in the incident, the spokesperson added.

The girl was later identified by locals as Jamileh Daoud Hasan Jaber, 17, from the town of al-Zawiya in the western part of Salfit.

Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) spokesperson Errab Foqoha told Ma'an that Israeli forces prevented an ambulance from reaching the scene and providing medical assistance, but that an Israeli ambulance was later seen taking Jaber away. Foqoha added that she appeared to be alive when she was taken away.

A spokesperson for the Rabin Medical Center told Ma'an initially that Jaber was taken to the hospital where she was in critical condition. However, a few hours later, the spokesperson said that Jaber's condition was no longer critical, but that she would remain at the hospital for treatment.

Israeli news outlet Ynet initially reported that the Palestinian teen was shot in the chest and critically wounded.

Israeli newspaper Times of Israel published overnight Tuesday dashboard camera footage from a car that approached a bus stop in time to clearly capture the moment a woman wearing a headscarf approached two Israeli soldiers while holding a knife over her head. She then clutched her stomach and fell to the ground after apparently being shot. Shortly after, the car pulled away from the scene and continue driving.

An Israeli army spokesperson could not verify the footage or identify the driver who captured it.

The incident follows a string of deadly attacks and alleged attempted attacks last week that left two Israelis killed and three Palestinians shot dead, including a Palestinian woman killed by Israeli soldiers at a military checkpoint in Hebron in an incident when no Israelis were injured.

More than 220 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis and some 32 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians since a wave of unrest first swept across the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel in October.The unrest has been marked by a surge of small-scale attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals -- predominantly on Israeli military targets.

The majority of Palestinians suspected of carrying out attacks have been shot dead on site, but investigations by rights groups have reported that a number of Palestinians killed did not pose sufficient threat for the use of lethal force at the time of their death.

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