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Israeli police shoot, injure Palestinian woman at Qalandiya checkpoint

July 26, 2016 3:51 P.M. (Updated: July 27, 2016 1:34 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli border police shot and wounded a young Palestinian woman at the Qalandiya checkpoint between the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Tuesday afternoon, Israeli police said.

The young woman was later identified by the Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) as Raghad Nasrallah Shuani.

According to Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri, a "suspicious" Palestinian woman, who she identified as an 18-year-old resident of the village of Kafr Aqab, "quickly approached the security guards at the Qalandiya checkpoint" in the area where vehicles cross the checkpoint.

"Security guards requested that the woman stop several times, but as she kept running towards them, they opened fire at her lower body, injuring her," al-Samri added, saying that the Palestinian had lost consciousness after being shot several times in the legs, but that she received first aid on the scene.

Al-Samri said that Israeli forces found a knife in the Palestinian woman's bag, contradicting earlier reports by Israeli media site Ynet that no knife was found on her person.

A video taken by an eyewitness showed a woman lying on the ground at the checkpoint seemingly injured in her lower body, shouting in pain and moving while Israeli forces ran past her.

Al-Samri said that clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli security guards and border police following the shooting, before Israeli forces "evacuated" the protesting Palestinians in the area.

The Qalandiya checkpoint has been the site violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces and the site of a number of alleged attacks and attempted attacks against Israeli targets since a wave of unrest swept across the Palestinian territory in October.

In April, Israeli forces killed two Palestinian siblings, Maram Salih Hassan Abu Ismail -- 23 years old and five months pregnant -- and her 16-year-old brother Ibrahim, at the Qalandiya checkpoint, after Israeli officials claimed the two were attempting to carry out a stabbing attack.

However, witnesses said that the brother and sister posed no threat at the time of their death. However, the Israeli Justice Ministry later dropped its probe into the killings after it was revealed that a contractor, not a member of the police, had killed the Abu Ismails.
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