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Gaza woman dies after 15-year medical battle with gunshot head wound

July 27, 2016 6:19 P.M. (Updated: July 27, 2016 6:19 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian woman from the town of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip died on Wednesday morning, after a 15-year battle against injuries she sustained when she was shot by Israeli forces before Israel’s disengagement from the coastal enclave.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza identified the woman as Hadiya Abu Shammala, stating that she was injured in 2001 during the Second Intifada.

A ministry spokesperson said the woman had received treatment in several hospitals in Palestine and abroad.

Abu Shammala was shot in the head on Nov. 23, 2001, according to a report by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.

She was with other family members travelling in a taxi from Rafah to Khan Yunis after they visited relatives in Rafah.

At around 9 p.m., the taxi driver mistakenly took a wrong turn before he realized he was travelling to the Rafah border crossing leading to Egypt.

He immediately pulled over and made a U-turn, but Israeli soldiers stationed near the crossing opened fire at the vehicle, injuring the driver along with Abu Shammala, then 53 years old, and two other young women.

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