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Israeli soldiers shoot, injure Palestinian woman

The victim remained on the ground bleeding and screaming in pain.

December 30, 2016 at 2:28 pm

A Palestinian woman was injured after being shot by Israeli soldiers at the Qalandiya checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem in the central occupied West Bank.

Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers opened fire at the woman who was walking towards the vehicle lane of the checkpoint.

In a statement, Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Al-Samri said that “an Arab ID-holder suspect” approached Israeli security forces via the vehicles’ lane. “Israeli security forces noticed her approaching with a knife in her hand. They told her to stop, but she ignored and kept walking towards them, and they shot at her.”

Lawyer Muhammad Mahmoud of prisoners’ rights group Addameer told Ma’an that the woman was identified as Jihan Muhammad Hashimeh, 35, from the neighbourhood of Al-Issawiya in occupied East Jerusalem.

Locals said that Hashimeh was ill, and that she was on her way to Jerusalem for medical treatment when she entered the vehicle lane by mistake.

According to witnesses, the victim remained on the ground bleeding and screaming in pain while Israeli soldiers prevented ambulance crews from approaching her for almost an hour. She was then detained and transferred to a hospital for treatment.