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Palestinian woman arrested over alleged car ramming attempt

Dec. 13, 2016 2:09 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 14, 2016 10:42 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli border police forces arrested a Palestinian woman at the Qalandiya checkpoint in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah at around 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon for allegedly attempting to run over Israeli forces stationed there, according to Israeli police, with no injuries reported.

Initial reports from Israeli media said that the woman was shot, however, Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri released a statement shortly after the incident saying that Israeli forces arrested the woman "without harming her."

According to Israeli news site Ynet, Israeli border police initially stopped the woman by firing shots into the air.

According to al-Samri, a woman driving a private car approached a vehicle lane at the checkpoint "very quickly, endangering the security forces operating there." As Israeli forces attempted to arrest the woman, she pulled over and stepped out of the car. The suspect "seemingly" had a knife in her hand, al-Samri said, and she shouted "Allah Akbar," before Israeli forces managed to arrest her.

However, al-Samri later released a statement claiming that the knife had been seized, including a picture of the knife still inside the car beside the driver's seat.
(Photo: Israeli police)

Al-Samri identified the woman as a 33-year-old from the village of Beit Hanina in northern occupied East Jerusalem.

The Qalandiya checkpoint is one of a number of military checkpoints that have been the site of attempted and actual attacks on Israeli military personnel since a wave of individual attacks began last October.

The checkpoint is one of the main entry and exit point for Palestinians crossing from the occupied West Bank to Jerusalem, and Palestinians with permits often undergo searches when crossing.

Israeli forces have detained a number of Palestinians for allegedly being in possession of knives amid the unrest. While Israel alleges many of those were attempting to attack Israelis when they were detained or even shot by Israeli forces, Palestinians and rights groups have disputed Israel's version of events in a number of cases.
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