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Israeli forces critically injure young Palestinian after stabbing attack near settlement

June 1, 2017 9:48 A.M. (Updated: June 3, 2017 6:08 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- A young Palestinian woman was critically injured by Israeli forces in the northern occupied West Bank on Thursday morning after she allegedly carried out a stabbing attack near an illegal settlement.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that an "attempted stabbing" attack occurred at the entrance of the Mevo Dotan settlement in the Jenin district, and that the alleged assailant had been injured and was being treated on the scene before being evacuated to a hospital in Israel.

A spokesperson for the Hillel Yaffe medical center in the city of Hadera confirmed to Ma'an on Thursday morning that the Palestinian was being operated there, adding that she was in "critical condition," without providing further details.

The spokesperson told Ma'an at around 4:30 p.m. that the Palestinian was still in the operating room.

The army spokesperson added that a soldier had been stabbed and wounded during the incident, and that he had been evacuated for medical treatment.

Israeli emergency medical service Magen David Adom said in a statement on social media that the soldier was in "light condition," while the Palestinian had been "neutralized" -- the term used in Israel to refer indifferently to when a Palestinian has been injured or killed.

Security camera footage shared by Israeli media allegedly showed the young Palestinian passing the gate of Mevo Dotan, out of the camera's sight, shortly before fleeing, pursued by Israeli security forces.

Meanwhile, AJ shared a video showing Israeli settlers insulting the young Palestinian as she lay wounded on the ground, calling her a "b*tch" and telling her she deserved to die.

Activists, and rights groups have denounced what they have termed a "shoot-to-kill" policy against Palestinians who did not constitute a threat at the time of their death, or who could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner -- amid a backdrop of impunity for Israelis who committed the killings.
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