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Israeli forces open fire at 2 Palestinian women at Qalandiya, no injuries

Oct. 9, 2017 2:40 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 10, 2017 1:13 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces deployed at the Qalandiya military crossing between Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank opened fire at two Palestinian women who attempted to cross through the checkpoint on foot using the vehicle lane.

Witnesses said that the two women were not injured, and that Israeli forces seemed to have declared state of alert at the checkpoint.

Israeli forces detained the two women and took them in for interrogation.

An Israeli police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

The Qalandiya military checkpoint between the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah and Israeli annexed East Jerusalem has been a flashpoint of violence in a wave of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory began in October 2015.

Throughout the unrest, rights groups have repeatedly denounced what they have termed Israeli forces' "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.

While Israel alleges many of those were attempting to attack Israelis when they were shot, Palestinians and rights groups have disputed Israel's version of events in a number of cases.
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